The 2011 election season is almost

over. Early


ended today, Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at noon.


Clerk Beth White's

office reported that 515 voters cast ballots on the final day for early voting.

So far, participation is

tracking well ahead of Indy's last municipal election in 2007.

With three days left until the


in 2011, County

Clerk Beth White's

office has tallied 8,709 in-person early voters. This

marks more than 2.25 times more early, in-person voters than 2007. Likewise,

the total number of absentee ballots submitted by voters, including by early

in-person, mail, traveling board, military and overseas avenues, is up to

18,766 from 10,267 in 2007.

Still, the numbers aren't as robust as

during presidential election years. By comparison, the 2010 general election

had 21,033 total returned absentee ballots.

The clerk's office offers the following

tips about voting at its City-County Building location:

- Reimbursed

parking is available at the two lots east of the building on the former Market

Square Arena site. Voters will need to pre-pay the lot fee, but can ask for a

voucher in the Election Board office to be reimbursed upon exiting.

- Voters

should use the Delaware Street entrance for easy access to the Clerk's office.

- Absentee vote-by-mail ballots are due no later than 6 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. Civilian vote-by-mail ballots received after 6 p.m. tomorrow cannot be counted.


Election Ready

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8 and

the polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Marion County voters are reminded to:

- Know

where you go to vote. Use the Voter Information Portal at or call us at

(317) 327-VOTE (8683)

- Bring

your valid, government-issued photo ID. Indiana law requires

voters to show an ID that is current or expired after the last general

election (Nov. 2, 2010), have a photo, include your name that conforms with the

poll book and be issued by the state of Indiana or federal government.

- The

BMV has special hours Monday and Tuesday to help voter's procure an ID. Voters

are entitled to a free ID card if they state it's for voting purposes AND they

provided the necessary underlying documentation.

- Voters

who forget their ID on Election Day can vote provisionally, but need to bring

their ID to the Clerk's office no later than noon, Friday, November 18.

Editor's Note: This story, originally posted on the morning of Nov. 7 was updated later in the day to include the final early voting numbers.


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