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Reminder: Register to Vote for the 2020 General Election

Make sure you register to vote in time for the 2020 general election! Did you know you must register to vote at least 29 days before an election? That means you need to register by Oct. 5 to vote in the general election Nov. 3.

If you still need to register to vote or update your address, or would like to check your registration status, visit indianavoters.in.gov and follow the links on the screen. This site can also help you find your polling location, review the ballot and get to know the candidates, and obtain absentee ballot information and other resources. Over 4.5 million Hoosiers have registered to vote. Make sure to join that list.

Registering to vote is the first step in assuring your voice is heard on the local and national levels. As you evaluate the candidates and determine who to support, remember elected officials play a very important role in ensuring your electric cooperative can continue providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity. Elected officials from the local level to the state, all the way up to Indiana’s Congressional delegation and even the president, have an impact on your local electric cooperative.

You can help your local electric cooperative by backing candidates who support positive energy policies and assist the efforts of Indiana’s electric cooperatives to power the businesses and communities they serve.

Let’s continue supporting candidates who support Indiana’s electric cooperatives as they are key partners in helping rural Indiana grow and thrive.

 

Supporting Democracy: Volunteer to Work the Polls

Registering to vote and participating in an election are fundamental rights and privileges of living in a democracy. By registering to vote in the Nov. 3 general election, you are engaging in the heart of democracy and exercising your constitutional rights. Want to take it one step further? To further support your community, your country, and democracy itself, you can volunteer to work the polls on Election Day.

To work the polls you must be a registered voter and a resident of the county in which you wish to work, and you must be at least 18 years old. Poll workers can earn up to $150 for their service, depending on the county.

Our democracy depends upon individuals like you taking the initiative and responsibility to uphold our freedoms. If you would like to serve your community as a poll worker, contact your county election administrator or local party representative. Visit www.in.gov/sos/elections/2674.htm to find out how to sign up.

 

Are Virtual Elections the Future?

Public health and safety are at the forefront of people’s minds, and the pandemic has many rethinking what it means to vote safely. Some are calling for increased virtual voting options.

Twenty-three U.S. states and the District of Columbia already allow some voters to return absentee ballots via email, and five other states let some voters to do so using a web portal.

Many argue that instead of debating whether online voting should exist, we should explore the most secure way to facilitate electronic voting. Electronic voting would not only protect public health and safety during a pandemic but would also expand access to those serving in the military abroad as well as those with disabilities. As we focus on safety and voting integrity, electronic virtual voting options are likely in the future of America’s democracy.

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