For Immediate ReleaseTuesday, April 13, 2010
Media ContactAngie Nussmeyer, 317-327-5099
Clerk White Launches Voter Information Portal New feature on Clerk’s Web site prepares Marion County voters for Election Day
INDIANAPOLIS –Marion County Clerk Beth White launched the Voter Information Portal today, an online feature that allows voters to access vital Election Day information
The Voter Information Portal (VIP) is a comprehensive online tool for voters to find out where they go to vote, determine their voter registration status, see who represents them on the federal, state and local level and review a sample ballot before going to the polls.
“One of the best ways to encourage participation in our elections is by making information accessible to voters,” Marion County Clerk Beth White. “So often I hear that people don’t vote because the process is too complicated or they don’t know who is on the ballot. The VIP will make our voters more comfortable with the process, which I believe will lead to a more positive experience at the polls.”
To access the VIP, voters click on the ‘Voter Information Portal’ link on www.indy.gov/election. On the VIP’s main page, the voter enters their street address and has the option to enter a birth date to confirm their registration status. After clicking ‘search,’ the voter’s polling location appears along with a map of the site and an option for driving directions.
Following the tabs along the top of the VIP, a voter can check their registration status, determine the voting districts where they live, and see a list of current elected officials and candidates, which are specific to where they live. They can also view their precinct ballot options. In the primary election there are at least five ballot styles for each precinct: Democratic, Republican, School Board only (non-partisan), 17 year-old Democratic and 17-year old Republican.
“In each election our office receives hundreds of requests from voters wishing to see a sample ballot. The VIP will provide this information instantly wherever or whenever it is requested,” Clerk White added.
The May 4, 2010 election is just 21 days away! Marion County voters can access information about early voting dates and times, vote-by-mail deadlines and campaign finance documents by visiting www.indy.gov/election or calling (317) 327-VOTE.
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