The Office of the Secretary of State and Indiana Election Division has developed an Online Voter Registration Solution (OVRS), which allows the submittal of a voter registration application electronically.
"This is another option for those who are unable to register to vote in the Election Office," Clay County Deputy Clerk Beth Mallinak told The Brazil Times. "However, the other options for voter registration remain intact."
Starting today, the OVRS will be accessible through www.indianavoters.com, which also allows residents to validate their voter registration status and find their polling location, along with determining "Who is on My Ballot?" for an upcoming election.
As with the process in filling out a paper application, residents will need to possess either a valid Indiana Drivers License or Indiana State ID that is issued by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to utilize the OVRS.
"If the BMV has a signature on-file for the applicant, that will be used during the online registration process, and an additional signature will not be required," Mallinak said.
Upon completing the online voter registration, the applicant will receive a confirmation code indicating the application was successfully submitted to the county voter registration office. Then, similar to the current verification process, the office will follow up with the applicant at a later date to indicate whether the application has been accepted, rejected or if clarification of the information in needed.
"After the application is submitted online, we still have to retrieve the information and input it into our system," Mallinak said. "It is unclear right now, if the verification process will be any quicker with the online system, but is typically pretty quick when it is not near the Election Day."
Those who do not have an Indiana Drivers License or state-issued identification will also be able to register to vote, but not online, through one of the following options:
* Complete a VRG-7 form and mail it to the county voter registration office or Indiana Election Division,
* Filling out an application at the county voter registration office or Indiana Election Division, or
* Registering to voted at one of the state's National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) local agencies such as a BMV branch office, Family and Social Service Administration Office or Armed Forces Recruitment Office.
For questions or more information about OVRS or voter registration, contact the Clay County Election Office -- located on the second floor of the Clay County Courthouse -- at 448-9023.
Voter registration for the 2010 General Election began on May 18 and runs through Monday, Oct. 4.