Pharos-Tribune

April 3, 2014

OUR VIEW: Early voter registration deadlines should go


Pharos-Tribune

---- — Sign up for nearly anything online and you’ll have a confirmation of completion email within seconds. Sometimes it’s so fast that it seems your inbox dings before you even hit enter.

The processing of information has become almost instantaneous.

That’s why in today’s world of digital everything, it’s baffling to us to see the voter registration process still living in the Dark Ages.

Despite changes made to the voting process in recent years, early voter registration deadlines have remained intact. We don’t understand why.

With technology as advanced as it is and a computer on every desk, why is a month needed to process a registration?

Such an early deadline is not voter-friendly. When Monday’s deadline rolls around, few citizens will have the primary election on their minds. In fact, most don’t fully tune in to the election process until a couple weeks before Election Day.

When they finally do reach the point of becoming interested in the races and making a decision to cast a vote, they’ve missed the ability to do so. If the system doesn’t work for the voters, it doesn’t work.

So, while we’re encouraging the state to push forward the voter registration deadline, we also remind you of the deadline in hopes that you heed it.

Voters have until Monday, April 7, to register to vote or verify their voting status.

You can do so online at indianavoters.in.gov. You will be required to type in a number from your driver’s license or ID card in order to register.

You can also call or visit the county voter registration office.

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.

But don’t forget. On Election Day, you’ll need to bring with you a picture ID, issued by the state or federal government. Your driver’s license will be sufficient.

However, if you don’t have a valid license, you’ll need to get a state ID card at a license branch.

We encourage you to take the time and make sure you’re ready to go come May 6.

It’s your government and you should take pride in having your say in it.

THE ISSUE Voter registration deadline is Monday, April 6 OUR VIEW In today's digital world, there's no need for a month to process paperwork.