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July 2, 2014

OUR VIEW: Making a push to get voters registered

The League of Women Voters of Indiana is urging Hoosiers to ensure their voter registration is up-to-date in time for the fall elections, The Associated Press reported Monday.

The league told the AP it is hoping to improve on voter turnout for the primary, when Indiana’s May 6 elections drew just 13 percent of registered voters to the polls. It is asking Indiana residents who aren’t registered to vote to do so before Oct. 6 so they will be eligible to vote on Nov. 4.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced earlier this month about 727,000 residents will receive a second round of voter registration postcards as part of state officials’ ongoing push to remove potentially inaccurate voter registrations from the rolls, the AP reported.

So, we have to ask: Are you registered to vote? Did you receive one of those postcards? Can you attest you’re a voter? Take time this summer to verify your voting status, particularly if you’ve moved or changed your name.

All you have to do is call your county voter registration office. In Carroll County, 574-564-6795; in Cass County, 574-753-7870; in Fulton County, 574-223-7713; in Miami County, 765-472-3901, in Pulaski County, 574-946-3313; and in White County, 574-583-7032.

If you’re not registered, all you need to do is fill out a simple form that asks for your name, address, birth date and a voter identification number (that’s your Indiana driver’s license number).

If you don’t have a driver’s license, then you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. And if you don’t have that, you’ll be assigned an ID number by your county of residence.

You can register at your county voter registration office, circuit court office, public assistance office or online at www.indianavoters.com. You won’t need to present personal identification documents.

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