Making your Voting Plan
Election day is November 3, 2020, which means now is the time to create your voting plan!
Planning ahead ensures you know exactly how and when you will vote by the time election day rolls around. Making a voting plan is key to successful voting and helps you can cast your vote with ease.
There are several ways to vote, so it is important to choose one early on. When making your voting plan, focus on what method will work best for you and keep in mind that COVID-19 may mean taking a different approach to voting than in previous years. Because of this, give yourself extra time to potentially adjust to a new process. Making a plan to vote ensures you can vote as easily as possible. Once election day has passed, the opportunity to vote will have too. Make your voice heard by being prepared!
Register to Vote Now!
No matter the method of voting you choose, your voting plan should start by making sure you’re registered and ready to vote. In order to participate in the 2020 election, you must be registered by Monday, October 5, 2020. To register online or update your current registration, visit IndianaVoters.com. You can also preview your ballot and learn more about the candidates you’ll see by going to VOTE411.org.
In Person on Election Day
Election day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Polls are open from 6am to 6pm on this day. Find out where your polling place is and make a plan of how you will get there on the day you vote. Will you need to vote before work? After class? Will you need a ride? Pick a specific time and add voting to your schedule for the day.
Don’t forget to bring a government-issued photo ID to vote! Your ID must display your name, an expiration date (can be current or expired sometime after November 6, 2018), and be issued by the State of Indiana or US government. This can include your driver's license, government photo ID card, passport, or military ID. A student ID from an Indiana state school can be used if it meets the requirements above. An ID from a private institution may not be used.
In-Person Early Voting
Early voting kicked-off Tuesday, October 6. This method allows you to vote in person, prior to election day. Lake County has 11 early voting locations. Like voting on election day, plan ahead for where and when you will early vote, and don’t forget your photo ID!
Voting at Home by Mail
Voting absentee-by-mail requires you to submit an application to do so by October 22. Your county election office must receive your application on this date by 11:59pm—postmarked on this date will not count. Visit IndianaVoters.com to submit your application online or download and print the application at home. To receive a paper application in the mail, call the Lake County elections office at 219-755-3795.
The county elections office will begin mailing absentee-by-mail ballots to voters who submitted an application beginning on September 19. If you choose to vote absentee-by-mail, your ballot must be submitted by NOON to the county election office on Tuesday, November 3. If the county elections office does not receive your ballot by NOON on election day, your vote will not count. Absentee-by-mail voters should mail in their ballots as soon as possible, to ensure maximum time for everything to arrive and to plan for post office delays.
At Home by Travel Board
To vote at home by travel board, applications must be in by Monday, November 2. The county travel board is only available to a voter who is confined to their home due to injury or illness; a voter who is caring for a confined person at a private residence on election day; or a voter with disabilities whose polling place is not accessible. Call the Lake County elections office at 219-755-3795 to learn more about this opportunity.
Registered and Prepared?
Once you are registered to vote and have a voting plan in place, make sure to execute your plan when the time comes! While you wait for an absentee ballot to arrive or election day to come, visit VOTE411.org to learn more about what will be on your ballot. By creating a voting plan, you make your voting experience as easy as possible and make sure your vote—and voice—are counted.