HOW TO VOTE BY MAIL IN INDIANA

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Lot’s of Hoosiers want to vote by mail in this years presidential election. Indiana has a complicated system for vote by mail, but I can tell you how to ………………………. 

 

 

 

 

………………………………. get ‘er done as quickly as possible.

INDIANA ABSENTEE VOTING IS NOT STREAMLINED LIKE MOST OTHER STATES ARE. TO VOTE BY MAIL IN INDIANA YOU MUST ACT QUICKLY TO APPLY FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT, THEN WAIT TO RECEIVE YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT, THEN FILL IT IN AND MAIL IT BACK.  NOT ROCKET SCIENCE, BUT YOU NEED TO WATCH YOUR STEP TO MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE IS COUNTED. THERE ARE LOTS OF PITFALLS.

HOW IT’S DONE. CALL YOUR COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE AND ASK FOR AN APPLICATION FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT. PHONE NUMBERS ARE BELOW. YOU MUST FILL OUT THE ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION AND SEND IT BACK IMMEDIATELY TO YOUR COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE. THEN THEY WILL SEND YOU THE ABSENTEE BALLOT, WHICH YOU MUST FILL OUT AND MAIL BACK.

FOR APPLICATIONS IN POSEY COUNTY CALL 812 838 1339 IN VANDERBURG COUNTY Phone: (812) 435-5122 IN GIBSON COUNTY 812-385-2541

FOR COUNTIES OTHER THAN THOSE I LISTED , JUST GOOGLE THE NAME OF YOUR COUNTY ALONG WITH THE TERM “ELECTION OFFICE” OR CALL THE COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE IN YOUR COUNTY FOR HELP.

THERE IS A WAY TO REQUEST THE ABSENTEE BALLOT ON LINE, BUT AFTER STUDYING THIS ISSUE ALL DAY AND SPEAKING WITH ELECTION OFFICIALS IN THREE INDIANA COUNTIES, I DO NOT RECOMMENDED TRYING TO REQUEST YOUR MAIL IN BALLOT ONLINE.  CALLING YOUR COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE IS MY STRONG RECOMMENDATION.

IF YOU REQUEST YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT ONLINE, THE STATE SIMPLY TURNS AROUND AND SENDS THE APPLICATION BACK TO YOUR COUNTY’S ELECTION OFFICE, SO YOU HAVE JUST ADDED AN EXTRA LEVEL OF HANDLING YOUR REQUEST. AND THAT, JUST CREATES MORE CHANCES OF PROBLEMS.

PLUS, WHEN YOU CALL YOUR COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE, THEY PULL UP YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION RIGHT THEN WITH YOU ON THE PHONE WITH THEM, TO CHECK FOR ANY ERRORS IN YOUR INFORMATION. IF YOU REQUEST THE BALLOT ONLINE, YOU LOOSE THAT PERSONAL ASSISTANCE, AND IF THERE IS AN ERROR IN YOUR INFORMATION, IT MIGHT TAKE SO LONG TO CATCH IT, THAT IT CAN’T BE CORRECTED IN TIME FOR YOUR VOTE TO BE COUNTED.

MY BEST ADVICE, IS TO CALL YOUR FRIENDLY HELPFUL COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE AT THE PHONE NUMBERS ABOVE AND YOU WILL GET QUICKER AND SURER SERVICE. I SPOKE WITH ELECTION OFFICIALS TODAY IN POSEY, GIBSON AND VANDERBURG COUNTIES. PEOPLE AT ALL THREE ELECTION OFFICES WERE FRIENDLY, POLITE, HELPFUL AND KNOWLEDGEABLE.

ONE THING THAT NEEDS TO BE TALKED ABOUT IS THAT INDIANA IS ONE OF ONLY EIGHT STATES THAT REQUIRES YOU TO HAVE AN EXCUSE FOR VOTING BY MAIL. THERE ARE  A LIST OF ACCEPTABLE EXCUSES ON THE APPLICATION AND YOU MUST MARK ONE.  THIS IS BALONEY!  YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO VOTE BY MAIL, JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TO WITHOUT NEEDING AN EXCUSE. THAT IS ONE OF MANY THINGS THAT NEEDS CHANGING IN INDIANA, THINK ABOUT THAT WHEN YOU VOTE.

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Ron Nesler Posting From New Harmony, Indiana

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