Don’t forget your ID
Voters are reminded that they will need to present a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot.
The photo ID must meet the following criteria:
‘Display the voter’s photo;
‘Display the voter’s name, and the name must conform to the appropriate voter registration record;
‘Display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election, Nov. 6, 2012 (an ID issued by the U.S. Dept. of Defense, a branch of the uniformed services, the Merchant Marine or the Indiana National Guard is not required to have an expiration date, or may state that the document has an ‘Indefinite’ expiration date); and
‘Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government.
In most cases, an Indiana driver’s license, Indiana photo ID card, military ID or U.S. passport is sufficient.
A student ID from an Indiana state school may only be used if it meets all of the criteria specified above. A student ID from a private institution may not be used for voting purposes.
Voters who are unable or unwilling to present ID meeting these requirements may cast a provisional ballot. Voters who cast a provisional ballot have until noon 10 days after the election to follow up with the county election board and either provide the necessary documentation or affirm one of the law’s exemptions applies to them.
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers identification cards for Indiana residents who do not drive. To obtain a free identification card for voting purposes, visit a license branch with the requirement documentation and state that a free identification card is needed for voting purposes.
The following documents are required to obtain a new state ID card or driver’s license (a complete list can be found at www.myBMV.com):
‘Proof of Identity document, such as a birth certificate or passport.
‘Proof of Social Security document, such as a Social Security card, pay stub or W-2.
‘Proof of lawful status, such as a birth certificate or passport.
‘Proof of residency, two documents such as a voter registration card, utility bill or bank statement.
All BMV locations that normally issue driver licenses and ID cards will have extended hours ‘ 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ‘ on Monday. In addition, all BMV locations also will be open on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
License branches will only process new, amended or replacement ID cards and renewed, amended or replacement driver’s licenses, learner permits and CDLs. Aside from disability placards, the branches will not perform any other BMV services.