Tuesday, October 9, marks the last day for Decatur Countians to register to vote.
Friday afternoon, Dectaur County Circuit Court Clerk Janet Chadwell told the Daily News that voters are free to come by the courthouse and complete a registration form in person or to mail a copy.
“As long is your form is postmarked by Oct. 9,” Chadwell said, “you’ll be registered.”
According to Chadwell, in addition to picking up a copy of the registration form at the courthouse, voters can also print and complete the form by visiting www.indianavoters.in.gov/.
Chadwell stressed that voters registering for the first time must include a photo ID with their applications.
“If you come here in person to fill out the form,” Chadwell said, “we’ll just make a copy of your ID and attach it to the form. But if you’re registering to vote for the first time and are mailing the form, you must remember to include a copy of your photo ID; otherwise, we can’t process the form until we contact you and obtain a copy.”
She added that although most first-time registrees use a drivers license as ID, other forms are acceptable, such as a military ID.
Chadwell also reminded voters that absentee voting runs from at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 9 through Nov. 2, in room 126 of the courthouse.
“We’ll also hold absentee voting on the two Saturdays before the election — Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 — from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” she added. “And we’ll hold another day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Nov. 5.”
The court clerk also stressed that the absentee schedules from Oct. 9 to Oct. 19, and from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2, will be slightly different.
“From Oct. 9 to Oct. 19,” she explained, “absentee voting will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for lunch. However, voting will last the entire day from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2, with no breaks; so, depending on the day they’d like to cast their votes, absentees should keep those schedules in mind.”
Chadwell stressed that there are no special forms or permissions required to cast an absentee ballot.
“You only have to be a registered voter with a valid photo ID,” she said. “Any such voter is free to come cast his or her ballot during absentee voting hours.”
Of course, voters are also free to mail an absentee form, Chadwell added; the deadline to do so is Oct. 29. Voters can obtain mailable absentee forms by visiting in.gov/sos.
Lastly, the court clerk also mentioned the Decatur County Voter Traveling Board, which takes ballots directly to the homes of people who otherwise are physically unable to travel to a voting site; more information on the Voter Traveling Board can be found at decaturcounty.in.gov.
Chadwell also offered a helpful reminder to voters to remember the time change Nov. 4.
“We encourage everyone of legal age to exercise their right to vote,” she concluded. “But we also encourage all voters to research the candidates, and to know and understand the issues as well as possible before casting their votes.”
For more information on voter registration or absentee voting, call 663-8223, or visit www.indianavoters.in.gov/, in.gov/sos, or decaturcounty.in.gov.
Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011.