FYI: change of address and voter registration

October 6th, 2008  |  Published in Bloomington  |  2 Comments

Procrastinating as usual, I went to change my voter registration address today, the last possible day to do it.  I asked what would have happened if I hadn’t changed my address and the answer was that, at least in Monroe County, you are allowed to vote once at your previous polling location.  The challenge is that, with redistricting, your previous district’s polling location may now be the polling location for a new district.  So, in that case, one would most likely have to wait in line, only to be sent to a new location.  In any case, I was told that having different addresses wouldn’t keep you from voting, but could delay voting.  Info about this was mailed out to registered voters, but in a community like Bloomington where, for students, and many of my peers, housing situations change a lot, it’s easy to not get the info.  So, for those who moved, but didn’t change their voter registration address, I would just call the local election office and find out where the polling place is for the address under which you’re registered.  If you go there, you should be able to vote.

  • Chris

    I looked this up a year ago when I had just moved, but I forget where I found information that explained the details of this. I may have had to look in Indiana election code. As far as I understand it, if your address is not up to date on your voter registration, then you should be able to cast a provisional ballot at your new polling place, but you may have to do some extra work after voting to prove your place of residence. I think you can also avoid this provisional ballot if you bring something to prove you live at your new address (like a bill or other “official” piece of mail), but you will need the person in charge at the polling place sign an affidavit with you.

  • Chris

    I looked this up a year ago when I had just moved, but I forget where I found information that explained the details of this. I may have had to look in Indiana election code. As far as I understand it, if your address is not up to date on your voter registration, then you should be able to cast a provisional ballot at your new polling place, but you may have to do some extra work after voting to prove your place of residence. I think you can also avoid this provisional ballot if you bring something to prove you live at your new address (like a bill or other “official” piece of mail), but you will need the person in charge at the polling place sign an affidavit with you.