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Indiana elections chief pushes voter registration ahead of municipal elections

By: - September 5, 2023 1:21 pm

September is recognized as National Voter Registration Month by the National Association of Secretaries of State. (Getty Images)

With just two months between Hoosiers and November’s municipal elections, Indiana Secretary of State Diego Morales is encouraging all eligible to register to vote, or update a registration.

“Getting registered to vote is the first step, and then we need Hoosiers to show up at the polls on Election Day,” Morales said in a news release Tuesday.

Morales’ office offered voter registration help — and other services — at its Indiana State Fair booth. The fair ran five days a week from July 28 through August 20. And the office sponsored the fair’s three $3 Thursdays, during which iPad-toting staff at two entrances encouraged fairgoers to register or update a registration.

Spokeswoman Lindsey Eaton said the office didn’t track how many people staff registered at the fair, but said it was “impactful” to continue the agency’s traditional fair programming and presence.

“We are excited about every eligible Hoosier who visited our booths and registered to vote or updated their information,” she wrote to the Capital Chronicle. “We had the opportunity to meet new voters who just recently turned 18 or others from overseas who will be voting in Indiana for the very first time as naturalized citizens.”

September is also recognized as National Voter Registration Month by the National Association of Secretaries of State, of which Morales is a member.

“As Indiana’s Chief Election Officer, one of my priorities will always be encouraging all eligible Hoosiers to register to vote,” Morales said. “It only takes a few minutes, and it can be done online. ”

How to register

Hoosiers can register to vote at IndianaVoters.com or at a county clerk’s office.

To vote in municipal elections on November 7, Hoosiers must register by October 10.

Under Indiana law, a voter must be at least 18 years old, a U.S citizen and have a valid government-issued photo identification card. Those serving out convictions can’t vote while imprisoned, but can upon release.

“Every election is an opportunity for people to exercise their right and have a voice in their community,” Morales said.

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Leslie Bonilla Muñiz
Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie covers state government for the Indiana Capital Chronicle with emphases on elections, infrastructure and transportation. She previously covered city-county government for the Indianapolis Business Journal. She has also reported on local, national and international news for the Chicago Tribune, Voice of America and more. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

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