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NOTE: Renewing or getting your driver's license doesn't automatically register you to vote or update your address with voter registration. You can register or update your registration in person, by mail, or online at indianavoters.com

In order to be eligible to register to vote in Indiana, you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States,
  • be at least 18 years old on the day of the next general, municipal, or special election,
  • have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before the next general, municipal, or special election (except for certain military voters); and
  • not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.

The deadline to register to vote or update a registration due to a change of address, prior to the 2014 General Election is Monday, October 6, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. The Elkhart County Voter Registration office is located at the County Office Building, 117 N. Second St., Lower Level, in Goshen. Office hours: Monday 8am-5pm, Tuesday thru Friday 8am-4pm. Click Here to register online.

When registering to vote in person at the Voter Registration office, you must complete a registration form and are not required to provide additional documentation.   If registering by mail, your application must be POSTMARKED on or before Monday, October 6, 2014 in order to be eligible to participate in the 2014 General Election.

 If registering by mail for the first time, you must include additional documentation, which could include:

1. A copy of a current and valid photo ID; or

2. A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows the name and residence address stated on the voter registration application; or

3. A copy of any other government document with voter's name and current address.

Registration forms are available at various distribution sites including Indiana license branches, County Clerk's Offices, libraries, State Offices, and Federal Offices. You can also find printable versions of the application on this website (see the "forms" link) or at the Secretary of State's website (www.in.gov/sos/elections )

Qualified applicants can also register to vote online at indianavoters.com, if you have a current and valid Indiana driver's license or Indiana State identification card.

Elkhart County Voter Registration is located in the County Office Building at 117 N. Second St., Goshen, in the lower level. The Elkhart County Voter Registration Office can be reached at (574)-535-6775 or (574)-535-6774. This office is open Mondays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Tuesday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

How do I check to see if I'm properly registered to vote?

Click here to access Indiana's Statewide Voter Registration System, OR call the Hoosier Voter Hotline at 1-866-461-8683, OR call the Elkhart County Voter Registration Office at (574) 535-6774 or (574) 535-6775.

Can I register to vote in Indiana?

You can register to vote in Indiana, if you are: 1) 18 years old by the day of the general election; 2) A United States citizen; 3) Have lived in your precinct in Indiana for at least 30 days before the next general election; and 4) You are not currently in prison after conviction of a crime.

What if I don't 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.

What if I am a college student?

Visit this site for more information on how to register as a college student

Am I already registered at the address where I currently live?

You can call your voter registration office to find out if you are currently registered to vote at that address. The Elkhart County Voter Registration Office can be reached at 574-535-6775 or 574-535-6774. They are located at the County Office Building, 117 N. Second St., Goshen (lower level). You can also check your registration status online at https://indianavoters.in.gov.

I'm 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 election, even if you are not 18 on the primary election date. However, you will not be eligible to vote on political party precinct committeemen, political party state convention delegates elected at the primary election or public questions decided on the primary election ballot.

Where can I register to vote?

You may register to vote in person at the Voter Registration Office,
117 N. Second St., Goshen (lower level). You may also register to vote in Indiana by mail on a simple, pre-addressed form that you can pick up at public libraries, county clerk's offices, and license branches.You can also register online at https://indianavoters.in.gov

What is my Voter Identification Number as required on the voter registration form?

The voter identification number is your Indiana driver's license number as issued by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, or the last four digits of your social security number.

Do I have to present personal identification documents when I register to vote?

No, unless you are registering to vote for the first time in your County by returning a registration form through the mail. If you register using the mail, you can include a photocopy of a current valid photo ID, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other document. Whatever document you present must have your name and current address.

What if I am unable to fill out the form myself?

Someone can help you fill out the form; however, you must sign your own name. If someone assists you in completing the form, that person must write their name and address in the lower right hand corner of the form.

When must I register to vote?

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 twenty-nine (29) days before that election. A mail-in voter registration application must be postmarked at least twenty-nine days in advance of that election. Contact the Elkhart County Voter Registration Office at 574-535-6775 or 574-535-6774 for more information.

What do I do when I move?

On a voter registration form, check address change and fill out all the information, including your previous address. You can use a mail-in form, update in person at any county voter registration office, or online at https://indianavoters.in.gov. It is very important that you do this so your registration stays current, and so that you are able to vote on the proper district candidates based on your new address.

What if I move right before an election?

If you move in the last twenty-nine (29) days before the election, you may still be eligible to vote at your old precinct. Please contact the voter registration office if you have questions. If you moved more than 29 days before the election and did not update your registration before the deadline, you may still be eligible to vote, depending on where you moved. Contact voter registration if you have questions.

When will I be registered?

Once your voter registration application is received, your county voter registration office will process the application and determine your eligibility. If you are eligible, the office will send you a voter registration card. If you are not eligible, or if the application was incomplete, you will receive a notice requesting the missing information. If you have not received a voter registration card or a notice within 30 days, call the voter registration office.

Can anyone cancel my voter registration?

If you have not changed your address since you registered to vote, the only way your voter registration may be cancelled is if your county voter registration office is notified that you have (1) been convicted of a crime and imprisoned, or (2) that you have died.

You can request that your voter registration be cancelled, if for any reason you no longer wish to be registered.  If you request to have your registration cancelled, we will mail you a form that you will complete and return to the voter registration office. 

If you have changed your address since you last registered, you may be cancelled if your county voter registration office is notified that you have registered at a new address. There are also special procedures that permit voter registration to cancel your registration if you have not voted after two general elections and you fail to respond to a notice from voter registration to change your registration status from inactive to active.

REMEMBER to file a new voter registration form with your county voter registration office whenever you move to a new address!

Where will I vote?

You can find your polling place on this website by clicking here. You can also call Voter Registration at 574-535-6774 or 574-535-6775; the Circuit Court Clerk's Office at 574-535-6469, or check online at indianavoters.in.gov.

What if I can't get to the polls on election day?

You may vote by absentee ballot for a variety of reasons: if you will be outside the county on Election Day; working in another poll on Election Day; confined due to illness, injury, or disability; or scheduled to work during the twelve (12) hours the poll is open, among other reasons. You must request an absentee ballot from your County Election Board before the election in order to vote absentee. See the link to Absentee Voting or contact the Election Board at 574-535-6469 if you have questions.

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The 2014 General Election will be held on November 4.

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Address: 101 N Main St #204, Goshen, IN 46526
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