Polls open for Primary Election Day
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana voters will have their chance Tuesday to pick the candidates they want to see on the ballot in November’s general election.
Polls across Indiana opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 6 p.m. local time. Anyone in line by 6 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot.
Registered voters must have a valid government-issued photo ID in order to vote.
Early voting for the primary election ended Monday, and according to the Marion County Clerk, more than 12,650 cast an early ballot. That’s more than four times as many voters compared to 2019.
Despite an increase in voter turnout, election officials say that’s a fraction of registered voters.
Marion County Clerk Kate Sweeney Bell says she hopes more people turn out for Tuesday’s primary.
“Indianapolis mayor, city-county council, and town offices — that is an awesome responsibility, and if you think that only a small percentage of eligible voters are coming out to vote, your vote carries that much more weight — you matter, and your vote matters.”
Marion County resident Kevin Ellenberger understands the importance of voting in the primary.
“I think everybody who cares comes out and votes in the primary vs. just waiting until the election or not voting at all. That we can make a difference so I am hoping that is what we do.”
Like Ellenberger, voter Lauren Warfield knows that voting now will have a big impact on the city’s future.
“The reason I am voting is because, not only do these elections affect what happens in November, but a lot of the intricacies in what happens in our city happen today.”
How to cast your ballot
People who have not returned their vote-by-mail ballots can bring them to any voting location today.
Sixty of Indiana’s 92 counties are vote-center counties, meaning anyone registered to vote in one of those counties can vote at any polling place in the county. Vote center counties include Marion County and all of the surrounding counties except Hamilton County.
In Marion County, 186 voting locations will be open on Tuesday. Voters can go to any location, including Gainbridge Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium. — wherever is most convenient. That includes Gainbridge Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium.
One of the biggest ballot items for Indy-area voters is the $410 million Indianapolis Public Schools capital referendum.
Voters outside of Marion County can check their voting status, find a voting location, and find out who’s on the ballot at indianavoters.in.gov.