Everything you need to know about casting a ballot

How do the voting machines work?

The voting machines the county uses will not transmit your voting information through the internet. That information is stored on a card within the machine, which is removed after voting closes, taken to the Johnson County Courthouse and processed and counted by election officials.

What if I’m told

I can’t vote?

If you are registered in Johnson County, you can vote in this election because it is a countywide election. If you are registered in another county, you must go there to vote. If you are not registered, you will not be able to vote. The voter registration deadline has passed.

What can’t I bring

to the polls?

Voters cannot bring election signs, T-shirts, pins or other electioneering items into polling sites.

What can I bring?

You’ll need a photo ID issued by the state or federal government to cast a ballot. In most cases, an Indiana driver’s license, Indiana photo ID card, U.S. passport or military ID is sufficient.

What if the line I am

in is long?

Poll workers at any polling site are now able to see live wait times at all vote centers. So if the line you’re in is long, ask a poll worker to see if nearby vote centers have a shorter wait. If early voting turnout is any indication of how busy Election Day is going to be, lines are going to be long.

What if I can’t stand for a long period of time?

Poll workers are trained to help elderly voters and residents with disabilities. If you are unable to stand for the entire wait, ask a poll worker for a chair you can sit in while you wait.

What if the line is long at the end of the day?

Polls close at 6 p.m. on Election Day, but state law requires that if a voter is in line by 6 p.m., they be allowed to vote. The end of the line will be marked at 6 p.m.

Take that selfie.

Under Indiana law, you can take a selfie in the voting booth. You cannot use that selfie to try to sway other voters inside the polling place to vote for the candidates you chose.

Can I use a

paper ballot?

Under state law, the county is not required to provide paper ballots since Johnson County uses voting machines. No paper ballots will be available at vote centers on Election Day.

If you hear or see suspicious activity.

Notify a poll worker immediately. Poll workers have been instructed to call 911 rather than handle situations themselves.

Need an ID?

License branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and will only process new, amended or replacement ID cards, driver’s licenses or learner permits.

To get an ID, you will need:

» Proof of identity document, such as a birth certificate or passport.

» Proof of Social Security document, such as a Social Security card, pay stub or W-2.

» Proof of lawful status, such as a birth certificate or passport.

» Proof of residency, which is two documents such as a voter registration card, utility bill or bank statement.

Need more info?

Voters can visit the Indiana Secretary of State’s voter information portal at indianavoters.com to find information on whether they are registered to vote and the state voter identification law. Voters also can call the state’s hotline from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day at 866-461-8683 to ask questions and report election fraud or accessibility issues.

The secretary of state also has set up a feature called Who’s on The Ballot on indianavoters.com, where voters can find out information about what offices will be on their ballots.