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Every 2 years federal elections occur where anyone who is 18 or above is able to vote on the local, state or national level for new officials to take office in government. However, it’s only every 4 years do we, the citizens, vote on a new president.
This year’s voting will be held on November #rd, the Tuesday after the first Monday of November. The class of 2020 will be able to vote due to many of the seniors turning 18 before November of 2020, making this the first year for them to vote. It has also been nearly 4 years since President Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States, meaning that the class of 2020 has the opportunity to vote on the next president of the U.S.
However, if you are over the age of 18 and want to vote, you can’t simply just walk up to a polling center in November. You must meet the following requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana
- Be at least 18 years of age by November 3, 2020
- Not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime
- Lived in the precinct of your voting location 30 days prior to the election
- Have a state issued driver’s license or a state issued ID
In addition to the requirements above, you must be registered to vote.
You are able to register to vote online or in person. To register online, go to www.IN.gov. After reaching the website you will click on the tab titled “Residents” then click on “Residential Services”, and finally you will click on the “Register to Vote” tab and follow the on screen prompts upon clicking.
To register in person, you can find a printable form on the www.IN.gov website and follow the same path as you would if you were to vote online. After getting past the “Register to Vote” tab you will find a “Print forms” button where you can print off the forms.
Alternatively you can apply at your county clerk’s office. The Elkhart county clerk’s office is located in downtown Goshen at 117 North 2nd Street on the lower level of the building.
Finally, you can register to vote if you are getting a driver’s license or another type of ID at the BMV.
After submitting your application to register you will receive an approval or denial card in the next 30 days to confirm whether or not you are able to vote.
Registrations are open till April 6th. The next time you can register starts May 19th and ends on October 5th.
After meeting all the requirements and submitting a registration form on the appropriate date you will be eligible to vote for not only candidates in your local elections but on the next president of the United States.