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Tuesday is Election Day. Here's what you need to know

An election worker, an older Black woman with short, white hair and glasses, wearing a gray leopard print top, checks in a voter at a polling place. The election worker is taking the voter's identification card. The voter, shown only from the chest side, side-on, is wearing a brightly-colored dress.
Lauren Chapman
IPB News
An election worker is handed a driver's license at check-in during early voting at the Indianapolis Library Pike Branch on Nov. 6, 2022.

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 be current or have expired some time after the date of the last general election – in this case, Nov, 3, 2020. 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

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said the ID card used to vote must not be expired. That was incorrect. The ID card must be current or have expired some time after the date of the last general election – in this case, Nov. 3, 2020.

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

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.