While Indiana won’t be expanding absentee voting because of COVID-19 concerns, there’s still a good chance you qualify to vote by mail. With 11 accepted excuses, including having an illness or caring for someone who is ill, being scheduled to work all day or lacking transportation to the polls, voting by mail is still an option for many people who are wary of voting at the polls due to the pandemic.
If you are voting by mail, be sure to send in your ballot as soon as possible. With a lot of national concern surrounding the U.S. Postal Service, sending in your ballot immediately will protect your voice and your vote from being lost in the mail. While you can complete a vote by mail application as late as Oct. 22, the clerk’s office will send out ballots for early requests starting Sept. 19.
If you haven’t already requested to do so and plan to vote by mail, follow these instructions to make a request now so you get your ballot as soon as possible.
No matter how you vote, in person or absentee, the most important thing is that you exercise your right to vote – especially for every position on your ballot. If you’re in the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) district, don’t skip over the board member seats that are up for grabs this November. This is your opportunity to vote for school board candidates who will bring equity to the district and make positive changes for thousands of IPS students who are the future of Indianapolis.