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Voting: How & Where To Do It

Voting is a method for a group, such as a meeting or an electorate, to make a decision or to express an opinion.  The materials and websites below will guide you through the voting process.

Library Materials

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Voting Behavior
by Paul A. Winters
324.973 VOT

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Right To Vote
by Deanne Durrett
JUV 324.62 DUR

Millennial Makeover book cover

Millenniul Makeover: MySpace, YouTube, and the Future of American Politics
by Morley Winograd
320.973 WIN

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Brave New Ballot: The Battle to Safeguard Democracy in the Age of Electronic Voting
by Aviel D. Rubin
324.65 RUB

 

Websites

Indiana Voter Information Portal - http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2398.htm
     Links to Indiana Secretary of State's website about the state of Indiana voting rules and regulations.

Johnson County Clerk’s Office - http://co.johnson.in.us/johnsoncounty/index.php
    Links to the Johnson County Clerk’s office with local information about voting.

Annenberg Political Fact Check - www.factcheck.org 
    This "nonpartisan, nonprofit, consumer advocate" site monitors the factual accuracy of statements from major U.S. political figures made in TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.  It is sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania and is continually updated, even when it isn't election season.

The Center for Public Integrity - www.publicintegrity.org
    The center focuses on providing well-documented investigative research on national and world issues.

Project Vote Smart - www.vote-smart.org
    Project Vote Smart tracks the performance of over 13,000 political leaders: President, Congress, Governors, and State Legislators. Find biographies, voting records, and contact information. 

Federal Register: Frequently Asked Questions About the Electoral College - www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/faq.html

Election Atlas - www.uselectionatlas.org
    Presidential race predictions and history with the handy electoral college calculator.

Follow the Money - www.followthemoney.org
    Tracks political contributions in all 50 states. Published by the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

E-democracy: United States - www.e-democracy.org/us/ 
    The goal is to improve voter participation. Includes information about current and upcoming elections. Sponsored by Minnesota E-Democracy.

New Voters Project - www.newvotersproject.org 
    Dedicated to encouraging newly eligible voters to get involved in the election process and to vote.

Opensecrets.org - www.opensecrets.org 
    Information from the Federal Election Commission about campaign contributions to Congress, the political parties, and the presidential campaigns.  Provided by The Center for Responsive Politics.

The Polling Report - www.pollingreport.com
    An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion.

CQ politics - www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5
    CQ has the largest press corps covering Capitol Hill. More than 150 reporters, editors, and researchers keep subscribers informed on weekly, daily, and real-time news cycles.

Organizations

League of Women Voterswww.lwvin.org
The League of Women Voters is where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. Join LWV where leaders are actively engaged in effecting change at the local, state, and national level.

Johnson County Republican Party - www.johnsoncountygop.org/home/
Throughout this website you should be able to find all the information you need to contact the members of the Johnson County Republican Central Committee and Republican office holders.

Johnson County Democrats - http://jcindem.blogspot.com/
The mission of the Johnson County Democrats is to elect Democrats to public office at the local, state, and federal level.

Indiana Democratic Party www.indems.org

Indiana Republican Partywww.indgop.org

The Green Party - www.gp.org

Libertarian Party www.lp.org

The United States House of Representativeswww.house.gov

The United States Senate - www.senate.gov

The White Housewww.whitehouse.gov

FAQs

Where do I register to vote?
You can register to vote online by vising http://www.indianavoters.com/.  You must have a valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana state-issued identification card to register or update existing registration online.

You can register either by mail or in person at the Johnson County Clerk's Office by filling in this form at http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/vrg-7%282%29.pdf and by mailing or taking it the following address:
    Johnson Co. Board of Voter Registration
    P.O. Box 451
    Franklin, IN 46131-0451
Or you can visit your nearest Indiana BMV Branch (www.in.gov/bmv/).

What is the deadline to register to vote?
You must register to vote (either in person or have your form mailed and postmarked by) 29 days prior to a Primary or General Election.

How do I find out where I vote (my polling place)?
You can (1) call the Johnson County Clerk's office at 317-346-4466 (Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm) or (2) go to www.indianavoters.com/PublicSite/Public/FT1/PublicLookupMain.aspx?Link=Polling and search by your address.

Where do I get the forms for registering to vote or absentee vote?
You can get those forms at http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2403.htm.

Do I need a current ID to vote in Indiana?
Yes, Indiana voters are required to present a photo ID at their polling places in order to cast a vote. The Indiana Secretary of State issued a press release on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding this law.  To view the law, visit http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2401.htm.

Where do I get a valid photo ID?
To find your local BMV license branch and to find more information about ID requirements, please see the BMV License Branch Location and Hours website.

Who are my current legislators?
Go to this link, put in your ZIP code, and find out who represents you in the Indiana and U.S. Houses and Senates: www.in.gov/apps/sos/legislator/search/.  This service also provides contact information for other statewide elected Hoosier officials, including the Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer of State, Auditor of State, and United States Senators.

What do I do if I experience fraudulent activities or accessibility limitations on Election Day?
The Secretary of State provides forms for reporting grievances and contact information for county election boards at the Fraud and Accessibility Grievance Webpage at http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2653.htm.

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