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November 5, 2012

WEB EXTRA: Indiana election quick tips for voters


INDIANAPOLIS — Q: What hours are the polls open?

A: Indiana polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

Q: I had an absentee ballot mailed to me but haven’t returned it yet. Am I too late?

A: State law requires that absentee ballots returned by mail arrive at the county election board no later than 6 p.m. Election Day. Overseas voters have an extended period to return their absentee ballots by mail. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 6 and can be received as late as noon 10 days after the election.

If you were planning to cast an absentee ballot in person, you’re out of luck. The deadline to vote absentee in person at the county election board office was noon Monday.

Q: What should I do if I see misconduct at the polls?

A: The Indiana secretary of state’s office has a fraud and grievance line: 866-461-8683. You also can contact the state election division at 317-232-3939.

Q: What do I need to bring with me to vote Tuesday?

A: You must present a government-issued photo ID. The ID must have your photo, list your name in a way that conforms to your voter registration record, display an expiration date and either be current or have expired after the last general election in 2010, and be issued by the state of Indiana or the U.S. government. Generally, an Indiana driver’s license, Indiana photo ID card, military ID or U.S. passport will work.

Those who can’t provide such ID may cast a provisional ballot and will have until noon 10 days after the election to provide the county election board with necessary documentation or proof that they are subject to one of the law’s exemptions. Those include the indigent, anyone with a religious objection to being photographed and those living in state-licensed facilities that serve as their precinct’s polling place.

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