Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q: WHAT MUST I DO TO REGISTER TO VOTE?

You must fill out a Voter Registration Application and submit it to your county Voter Registration Office. You must also meet these 4 criteria:

  • 18 years old by the next general election;

  • A United States citizen;

  • Have lived in your precinct in Indiana for at least 30 days before the next general election; and

  • Not currently be incarcerated after conviction of a crime.

Q: WHAT IF I DONíT LIVE IN A TRADITIONAL RESIDENCE?

If you have a non-traditional residence, you still have the right to register and vote. Simply draw a map on the voter registration application indicating where you live (where you usually spend the night) and list a mailing address within your county that can be used to mail your notification that you are registered.

Q: AM I ALREADY REGISTERED?

You can call the Spencer County voter registration office at 649-6017 to see if you are registered.

Q: IíM TURNING 18 RIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION. WHEN CAN I REGISTER? WHEN CAN I VOTE?

If you are turning 18 before or on the next general election date, you can register. You can vote in both the Primary and General elections, even if you are not 18 on the Primary election date. However, you will not be eligible to vote on school board members, political party precinct committeemen, or political party state convention delegates elected at the Primary election.

Q: WHERE CAN I REGISTER?

You may register at the Spencer County Voter Registration office or the Circuit Court Clerk office. Both of these offices are located on the second floor of the Spencer County Courthouse in Rockport. You may also register at any city or town hall, all state license branch locations, any Spencer county public library or you may down load the voter registration form from the internet at: http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/pdfs/50504.pdf

Q: HOW DO I REGISTER?

You only need to fill out a simple form that asks for name, address, birth date and a voter registration number. You will also be required to check boxes on the from to indicate that you are a U.S. citizen and will be 18 on or before election day. The form requests some optional information, such as your telephone number and e-mail address. The form also asks you to list any previous address or name you have used on a former voter registration so that these records can be updated. You must sign the form.

Q: WHAT IS MY VOTER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER AS REQUIRED ON THE FORM?

The voter identification number is your Indiana driverís license number. If you do not have an Indiana driverís license, then you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Q: WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO FILL OUT THE FORM MYSELF?

Someone can help you fill out the form. If you cannot sign your name, you must make an identifying mark on the signature line. If someone fills out the form for you, that person must write their name and address in the lower right corner of the form.

Q: WHEN MUST I REGISTER TO VOTE SO I CAN VOTE IN THE NEXT ELECTION?

You can register to vote any time of the year. However, to vote in a Primary or General election, you must be registered at least 29 days before the election. A mail-in application must be postmarked 29 days before the election.

Q: WHAT DO I DO WHEN I MOVE?

You must fill out a new registration application. Check address change and fill out all the information, including your previous address. It is important that you do this so we can cancel your old registration.

Q: WHAT IF I MOVE RIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION?

If you move in the last 29 days before the election, you may still vote. To do so, contact your voter registration office.

Q: WHEN WILL I BE REGISTERED?

Once your voter registration application is received, the county voter registration office will process the application and determine your eligibility. If you are eligible, the office will send you a voter registration acknowledgment card. Once you receive that card, you will officially be registered. If you are not eligible or thee is missing information on your application. You will receive a notice denying the application or requesting more information. If you have not received a voter registration notice form the county office within 30 days, call the county office at 649-6017.

Q: WHERE WILL I VOTE?

Your polling location is printed on your voter registration acknowledgment notice. If you have questions please call the Spencer County Voter Registration office at 649-6017.