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Today is Election Day. Here is what you need to know

Lauren Chapman
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Tuesday, Nov. 8 is Election Day in Indiana and across the country. Here's what you need to know before heading to the polls.

The first thing to know is where your polling place is. Nearly two-thirds of Indiana counties use “vote centers.” That means you can vote in any polling place in that county. If you don’t live in a vote center county, you have to cast your ballot at one specific location. You can find all that information online at IndianaVoters.com.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time – meaning the Eastern time zone for most of Indiana and the Central time zone for some.

Once you’re at your polling place, you need an ID to vote. Generally, a driver’s license or state ID card is your best bet. Whatever the ID, it must be issued by the state or federal government. It must have your name and your photo. And it must not be expired. Military IDs work, as do some student IDs from Indiana public institutions.

READ MORE: Hotline available for Hoosier voters on Election Day

Join the conversation and sign up for the Indiana Two-Way. Text "Indiana" to 73224. Your comments and questions in response to our weekly text help us find the answers you need leading up to Election Day.

If you don't have an ID when you go to vote, you can still cast a ballot. It's called a "provisional ballot." It allows you to vote on Election Day. And for your vote to count, you must follow up with your county election board by noon, 10 days after Election Day and provide the necessary identification.

Hoosiers who have any questions or challenges about voting can call a nonpartisan hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE.

There are also hotlines available for non-English speakers.

  • 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) – Spanish
  • 844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287) – Arabic
  • 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) – Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese


Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.