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INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers motivated to vote by recent political and societal events, or simply civic duty, must register by April 9 to cast a ballot in the May 8 primary election.

The secretary of state's office also is encouraging Indiana residents who previously registered to vote to verify this week that their registration remains active and the personal information in their voter record is correct.

Both registering to vote and verifying a registration can be completed online at or by texting "Indiana" to 28683.

To qualify to vote, a person must be a U.S. citizen and an Indiana resident for at least 30 days before the election.

Voters also must be 18 years old; however, 17-year-olds can register and vote in this year's primary election if they will be 18 on or before the Nov. 6 general election.

Registering to vote online additionally requires submitting a valid driver's license or state identification number.

Individuals who do not have a driver's license or state ID can register to vote in person at county government centers, public assistance offices and when completing a Bureau of Motor Vehicles transaction.

A utility bill, bank statement, government mailing or other proof of address is required to complete an in-person voter registration.

Verifying a registration on only requires a voter to enter his or her name, birth date and county of residence to bring up a screen that displays the voter's registration status.

From there, registered voters can use the website to find their polling place and directions to it, voting hours and the list of candidates they'll see when they cast their ballots.

There's also a reminder that Indiana law requires voters bring government-issued photo identification to the polls in order to receive a ballot.

Hoosiers who find they no longer are registered to vote may have been purged from the voter rolls last year as part of a long-overdue cleanup effort by the secretary of state that deleted 481,235 registered voters, or about 10 percent of Indiana's total.

Those individuals had voter verification postcards twice returned as undeliverable in 2014, and also did not cast a ballot in the 2014, 2015 or 2016 elections, or take any other action, such as submitting a change of address form, to update their "inactive" voter records.

Purged voters, in most cases, are eligible to immediately re-register to vote, either online or in-person, and participate in this year's elections.

Hoosiers in November will elect one of Indiana's two U.S. senators, all nine U.S. representatives, Indiana secretary of state, state auditor and state treasurer, 25 Indiana Senate seats, all 100 Indiana House seats and a host of local offices.

"I encourage all Hoosier voters to visit to register to vote, educate themselves on who they’ll be voting for and where they’ll be voting," Secretary of State Connie Lawson said.

"An informed electorate is the key to a successful democracy so I encourage all voters to take advantage of this tool."


Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.