LWVIN is working to make sure that the November General Election is open, transparent, and easily accessible by all registered voters here in Indiana.
We are currently working on the following:
- advocating for No-Excuse Absentee Balloting
- extending the deadline for Absentee Ballots to be counted
- urging voters to request Absentee Ballots early and to take advantage of Early Voting
- helping County Clerks make Election Day socially distanced and masked
- getting the word out that poll workers are needed for Election Day
Vote-by-Mail Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be early voting as well as in-person voting on Election Day in Vanderburgh County?
CLICK HERE for the early vote sites in Vanderburgh County.
CLICK HERE for a list of Election Vote Centers in Vanderburgh County.
Do I need an EXCUSE to vote by mail?
Yes, as of August 7, 2020 these are the current acceptable excuses for vote-by-mail in Indiana:
- You have a specific, reasonable expectation that you will be absent from the county on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6 am until 6 pm).
- You have a disability.
- You are at least 65 years of age.
- You will have official election duties outside of your voting precinct.
- You are scheduled to work at your regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
- You will be confined due to illness or injury or you will be caring for an individual confined due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
- You are prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
- You are a participant in the state's address confidentiality program.
- You are a member of the military or a public safety officer.
- You are a voter eligible to vote under the "fail safe" procedures in IC 3-10-11 of 3-10-12.
- You are a "serious sex offender" (as defined in IC 35-42-4-14(a)).
- You are prevented from voting due to unavailability of transportation to the polls.
HOW do I request an application to vote-by-mail?
Voters have several options when it comes to requesting an application to vote-by-mail.
- Apply online in your voter portal at https://indianavoters.in.gov/. Click on "Apply Online/Get Forms" in the "Vote By Mail or Traveling Board” box. Then, click on "Visit My Voter Portal" and input your name, DOB, and county of registration to log in. (Try using your full first name as it likely appears on the voter registration records.) Click “Continue” then click on "Vote By Mail" to complete and submit your application.
- Call your county’s Election Office to request a ballot. Here are the phone numbers for local County Clerk Election Offices: Vanderburgh 812-435-5122; Warrick 812-897-6161; Posey (812) 838-1306
- Complete the Application for Absentee Ballot (ABS-Mail) and sign and mail it to your local county election office at the address on the second page of the ABS-Mail. Complete, sign and mail your application to the address listed for your county on the back of the form.
WHAT ARE SOME IMPORTANT THINGS I SHOULD CHECK when applying to vote absentee?
- Make sure that your last name is correct and that it matches what is on file for your Voter Registration.
- Make sure that your address is correct (including apartment numbers) and this address matches what is on file for your Voter Registration.
- PLEASE NOTE that any mistakes or omissions on your application may impact the timeline to mail you a ballot. Please carefully read each section of the application, fill in the required fields, sign the application with an original signature, and mail it to your Election Office promptly in the pre-stamped envelope.
WHEN can I apply to vote absentee by mail? When will I actually receive my ballot?
- Apply now! Only submit one request for an absentee ballot.
- The ballots themselves will be mailed out on September 18.
- As soon as you receive your ballot in the mail, complete and return it in the pre-stamped envelope! Don’t wait! During the primary many people waited until the last minute – and that creates backlogs and with potential postal service delays, ballots may not make it in time.
- Be sure that the election board receives your application before 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 22.
HOW can I check the status of my vote-by-mail application and ballot?
You can access this information through your personal Voter Portal at https://indianavoters.in.gov/.
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND after applying for an absentee ballot and decide to vote in person?
- Don't wait until the last minute! Once you request an absentee ballot, it is best if you vote that way.
- If you show up at an election site to vote in person after you have requested an absentee ballot, you will have to complete additional paperwork and the ballot that you received in the mail must be surrendered. This creates delays for everyone.
WHO AND WHAT will be on my General Election Ballot?
You can visit your voter portal at https://indianavoters.in.gov/ to view candidates and any possible public questions on your ballot.
WHEN must my vote-by-mail BALLOT reach the local Election Board?
- Once your ballot has been mailed to you, it must be received by your County Election Office before noon on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Your completed ballot will not be accepted after noon.
- Before mailing you ballot MAKE SURE TO SIGN AND DATE THE YELLOW HIGHLIGHTED AREA ON YOUR BALLOT RETURN ENVELOPE.
Troubleshooting Absentee-By-Mail Ballot Issues information from https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm
- Before Election Day, a voter who has an absentee application on file can fix most issues by filing an ABS-5 form with county election officials. Examples include spoiling a ballot because the voter made an error, mistakenly signing your name on your spouse’s ballot envelope, forgetting to sign your ballot envelope, or receiving the wrong ballot or a ballot lacking two sets of initials.
- However, in the primary election, a voter may not use the ABS-5 to switch parties. Once an absentee application is on file for the election, the party selection cannot be changed. On Election Day, a voter who requested an absentee ballot but never received it in the mail may complete the PRE-5 affidavit at their polling location and vote a regular ballot, if otherwise qualified; OR
- A voter may surrender their absentee ballot to the Inspector, who can then issue a regular ballot, if the voter is otherwise qualified; OR
- A voter who had their absentee ballot rejected by county officials may appear before the county election board not later than 5PM on Election Day to request an ABS-21 form and then go to their polling place to vote a regular ballot, if otherwise qualified.
2020 "Making Democracy Work" Award winner
Former Evansville City Councilwoman Connie Robinson is the recipient of the 2020 “Making Democracy Work” Award given by the League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana.
Robinson is the longest-serving City Council member in Evansville history and has an unwavering commitment as a strong minority female voice in local government. She is also an advocate for local government policies that protect people, including the LGBTQ community, from discrimination in employment, housing and education.
Robinson was the first African American woman to ever seek election to the City Council in 1995. For the next 24 years she represented the center city’s low-income 4th Ward, focusing on affordable housing, extended bus service, economic development and other projects that in her words could “really help people.” She became the first African American woman to serve as the council president, and she was credited for working across political party lines to achieve solutions.
She retired from the City Council at the end of 2019 but continues to serve the community as a newly appointed member of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility Board. She is a native of this city, a graduate of the University of Evansville, and is founder and owner of HMR Enterprises, a wholesale distributor of disposable products to restaurants and other venues.
She is the 11th recipient of the “Making Democracy Work Award.” Prior recipients include retired Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard, current Chief Justice Loretta Rush and State Senator Vaneta Becker.
LWV Statement on the Justice in Policing Act
WASHINGTON – Today the CEO of the League of Women Voters, Virginia Kase issued the following statement in support of the Justice in Policing Act:
"Americans agree, federal policing laws in our country must be changed. For far too long, Black people and communities have been subjected to unimaginable abuse at the hands of law enforcement. The issues with policing are not simply the result of a few bad apples. It is the result of systems and policies born from the legacy of racial discrimination and oppression where Black people and people of color are treated as dangerous enemy combatants, rather than human beings with equal rights under our constitution. This problem cannot be trained away. The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is a necessary first step towards creating systems of accountability that will make communities safer and begin the process of eliminating police brutality in America.
"This bill follows the strong police accountability framework that the League contributed to along with nearly 500 civil rights and justice organizations across the country. It includes measures that would ban police chokeholds like the one that killed George Floyd and prohibit police from using no-knock warrants in drug cases, like the one that killed Breonna Taylor. Additional pieces of the bill would transform how we handle police abuse in this country by creating a police misconduct registry and providing the Justice Department authority to investigate and prosecute police misconduct.
"Like all legislation, this is not a perfect bill, and we look forward to continuing to work with leadership in Congress to improve it before it reaches the floor of the U.S. House. The League of Women Voters looks forward to working with our partners in the civil rights community to support this important effort to advance a comprehensive justice reform bill towards passage."
Deborah Turner, MD, JD, serves as the 20th president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and chair of the Board of Trustees of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). She was elected board president at the 54th National Convention of the League of Women Voters in June of 2020 and will serve in this position until June 2022.
Dr. Turner joined Des Moines Metropolitan League in 2010 and became president in 2011 when the League was at risk of disbanding. She served in that role until 2015 helping revitalize membership and focus the board leadership. At the same time, she also served on the LWV Iowa board as the state vice president from 2011 to 2015, becoming co-president in 2015. In her dual roles with state and local Leagues, Deborah has provided leadership to strengthen relationships between local leagues and the state Board.
Turner was elected to the League’s national board of directors in 2016 where she served on the Finance committee, Governance Committee, and chaired the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. As chair of the DEI Committee, Deborah and her colleagues focused on organizational culture changes to the League’s mission work, emphasizing not only racial equity but also intergenerational dynamics, socioeconomic differences, gender identity, and interpersonal engagement.
Dr. Turner received her BS from Iowa State University and her MD from University of Iowa where she completed her Residency in OB-Gyn. She completed her fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Institute in Houston Texas. She practiced gynecologic oncology for 35 years, enhancing university programs at the University of Nebraska, University of Iowa, and the Medical College of Wisconsin teaching residents and students. She also served the private sector bringing her specialty to Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, IA, Mercy Cancer Center in Mason City, IA, and Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. In July 2015 she left active practice to become Vice President of International Programs Medical Programs of The Outreach Program. She participated in twelve medical missions to Tanzania since 2011 and worked with Singida’s Medical Center, Outreach’s Children’s Feeding Centers, and Rotary International. She received her JD from Drake University in 2007. She has served as Associate Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of North Central States since 2016.
Turner was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013 and received the Gertrude Rush Award from the National Bar Association in 2015. She was awarded the Louise Noun Visionary Women of the year award from Young Womens Resource Center Des Moines in 2018. Her most treasured award is a certificate from the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care. She lives in Nebraska and has two grown children – a son and a niece.