Ind. Voter Registration Deadline Is Oct. 11; Change To “Straight Party” Voting
By Travis Thayer
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – With the November 8 election looming, now is the time to make sure you are registered to vote.
As part of National Voter Registration Month, Dearborn County residents are encouraged to participate in voter registration activities during September.
The deadline for new voter registration is Tuesday, October 11.
Any new Dearborn County resident or new voter who will be 18 years of age prior to the election must turn in voter registration forms to the Clerk’s Office on or before October 11, or risk not being allowed to participate in the November election.
Registration should continue to be valid for previously registered voters who continue to reside at their registration address and have voted within the past four years.
Residents can find voter registration forms and check their registration status at www.indianavoters.com.
In-person early voting begins on October 12 in the Dearborn County Administration Building. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, ending November 4. Early voting will also be available on Saturday, October 29 and November 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dearborn County residents are also being made aware of a change to Indiana Election Law in 2016 that will impact how votes are counted during the upcoming election. Candidates for “at-large” offices will no longer receive votes from a voter when voting “straight party.”
In Dearborn County, this requires a voter to vote for individual candidates in the County Council and School Board races. Specific instructions will be provided at each precinct when the voter receives their ballot.
Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the Dearborn County Clerk’s Office at (812) 537-8867, or visit www.indianavoters.com.