Letter: Flatten the curve this Election Day

Our entire nation is preparing to participate in one of the most important elections to date, and no pandemic should prevent Hoosiers from expressing their democratic right to vote. That’s why my office is encouraging registered, Marion County voters to vote by absentee ballot. Voting by mail ensures your safety and simultaneously helps flatten demand on the election system ahead of Election Day.

During the primary, an unprecedented 123,000 registered, Marion County voters participated by mail. That number doesn’t account for the many others who were unable to return their absentee ballot before the primary deadline passed.

This November, we want to ensure time isn’t a barrier to exercising your right to vote by mail before the noon deadline on Nov. 3, 2020. Voting by mail can be completed in three steps:

Complete your application to vote by absentee ballot by Oct. 22, 2020. Registered, Marion County voters can request an absentee ballot at vote.indy.gov.

When you receive your ballot in the mail, don’t wait. Complete your ballot, be sure to sign your ballot in order for it to be counted and place the ballot back in your mailbox to be returned.

If you have not returned your completed, signed ballot by Oct. 20, 2020, skip the mail and drop your completed, signed ballot off in-person at an early voting center. This will ensure there are no postal service delays that prevent your vote from being counted.

We urge you to know the deadlines and to participate in our democracy as fully as possible. For everything you need to know, please visit vote.indy.gov.

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Myla A. Eldridge,
Marion County clerk

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