Important Voting Updates: Early Voting Site Locations, Absentee Voting Information & Important Deadlines
Local election officials have urged voters to plan early to cast their General Election ballots. Tuesday,November 3rdis Election Day,but there are opportunities for all registered voters to vote early to avoid crowds and long lines. For those voters who qualify, there’s also the option of voting by mail from the safety of their homes.
There are three ways to vote in Indiana: (1) In-person on Election Day,November 3rd; (2) In-person Early(before Election Day) at one of several early voting sites established by county; and (3) By Mail via Absentee Ballot,requested in advance for those voters meeting one of 12 reasons under Indiana law.
Voting by Mail. Some registered voters may not realize they are covered under one of these Absentee Ballot conditions, including those age 65 or over, those traveling outside their home county on Election Day or working at their job the entire 12 hours the polls are open. Eligible voters intending to vote by mail are urged to request their ballot as soon as possible and promptly complete and return it upon receipt. For more information and a link to request an absentee ballot on-line can be found on each registered voter’s portal at: https://indianavoters.in.gov/
Voting Early. Marion County/Indianapolis voters can vote early at one of six (6) locations with specific hours on weekdays and weekends. The early voting sites are: (1) Indianapolis City County Building, (2) Krannert Park Community Center, (3) MSD Lawrence Admin Building, (4) Perry Township Government Center, (5) St Luke’s UMC, and (6) Warren Township Government Center. A current state or federal photo ID is required to vote. For a complete list of hours and addresses of all early and Election Day voting sites in Marion County/Indianapolis and other voter resources, see: https://vote.indy.gov/
Please note:One early voting site is just north of our Church at St Luke’s United Methodist Church, between North Meridian Street and Spring Mill Road on West 86thStreet. In addition to weekday hours, it’s also open for early voting the weekends of Oct 24th-25thand Oct 31st-Nov 1stfrom 10 am to 5 pm. See https://vote.indy.gov/location/st-lukes-umc/for details.
Hamilton Countywill also offer Early Voting at seven (7) sites throughout the county, including at the (1) Judicial Center in Noblesville, (2) Jill Perelman Pavilion, (3) Mercy Road Church, (4) Billericay Park Building, (5) Roy G Holland Memorial Park Building, (6) Westfield City Hall, and (7) Cool Creek Nature Center. Absentee voting by mail is also offered by all counties (see description above). For details about voting in Hamilton County, see:
Please note these deadlines:
- Oct 5th- Statewide Voter Registration deadline
- Oct 22ndat 11:59 am - Deadline to request an Absentee Mail-in Ballot Application
- Nov 3rdby 12 Noon – Deadline for all mail-in ballots to be received by the County Election Office
- Nov 3rd– Election Day (polls open 6 am to 6 pm)
Guide to Moral Duties Concerning Voting: “We encourage all citizens, particularly Catholics, to embrace their citizenship not merely as a duty and privilege, but as an opportunity meaningfully to participate in building the culture of life. . . . Every act of responsible citizenship is an exercise of significant individual power. We must exercise that power in ways that defend human life, especially those of God's children who are unborn, disabled or otherwise vulnerable. We get the public officials we deserve…”
--Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics 34, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 1998