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Residents need to show ID before voting

Monday, April 24, 2006

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By ANDY MCCAMMON

tamccammon1@yahoo.com

Got ID?

If not, voting in the May 2 primary and school board elections may be impossible (or, at the very least, much more complicated).

With the elections just a week away, there are a few things Clay County voters need to know to ensure an efficient and painless trip to the polls.

"Identification is just one of the things people need to address before election day," said County Clerk Mary Brown, who offered a few tips intended to streamline the voting process for residents of Clay County.

-Voters must present a valid form of identification

A driver's license will do, as will a state-issued identification card. ID cards are available at Indiana BMV branches in Brazil and Clay City, which will be open on election day and the preceding Monday.

The best part? It's free.

"If it's stated that it's for voting purposes, they will issue the ID for free," Brown said.

According to the Web site of the Indiana Secretary of State, an ID must meet four criteria:

a.) It must display the voter's photo.

b.) It must display the voter's name, and that name must conform with that voter's registration record.

c.) The ID must display an expiration date, and should either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last general election.

d.) It must be issued by the State of Indiana or the federal government.

Other acceptable forms of identification include an ID (with expiration date) from one of Indiana's state universities, a military ID or a United States passport.

-Provisional voting

Provisional voting allows those who forget their wallet on election day a chance to cast their ballot.

Voters without ID-- or whose registration information has been lost or misplaced-- will be issued a standard absentee ballot they can fill out on site.

Brown cautioned that provisional voting is only available to registered voters-- if you haven't registered, it's not a clever way to sneak in your vote at the last minute. After a provisional ballot is cast, registration and identification must be confirmed by the clerk's office for the vote to be counted.

"In other words, if you're not registered, it won't work," Brown said.

-But where do I vote?

With more than 20 polling locations in Clay County, some voters may be wondering exactly where they need to go May 2.

Indianavoters.com can answer those questions. Simply access the site, enter your personal information and you will be directed to the appropriate polling place.



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