The American Democracy Project is “a multi-campus initiative that seeks to create an intellectual and experiential understanding of civic engagement for undergraduates enrolled at institutions that are members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.”
Their goal is to help students become informed citizens in a democracy. ADP is helping students register to vote until the Oct. 5 deadline.
Jennifer Christian, assistant director at the Center for Community Engagement and American Democracy Project Coordinator, answers some common questions regarding voter registration, absentee ballots, the voting process, and more.
Question: What are the requirements to vote?
Answer: “To register in Indiana you must: be a citizen of the United States, have resided in the precinct at least 30 days before the next election, be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next general election, and not currently be imprisoned following a criminal conviction.”
Q: What’s the deadline to register?
A: October Oct. 5 is the deadline for Indiana.
Q: Is identification required to register to vote?
Q: If a student speaks another language, how can they register?
A: There are numerous resources on each state’s government website to help people who speak different languages with voter registration.
Q: If a student isn’t 18, but will be for the election, can they register to vote?
Q: If a student did not vote in the last election. Do they need to re-register?
A: Once you are registered to vote, you are always registered, however you may need to update your address.
Q: Can students register without an ID if they don’t have one?
Q: If students have an out of state ID, but register with their on-campus ID, which one do they use?
A: Students are able to use their ISU student ID as an official form of state ID to vote. Residential Life will also be providing a letter in their Res Life portal confirming their address that they can take also.
Q: Should a student register to vote in their home state or the state of Indiana where they attend ISU?
A: This is all up to the student, it is personal preference. If they would like to vote in their home state/city they can drive there and vote, or do an absentee ballot. If they want to vote here in Terre Haute, then they should use their address here.
Q: What is absentee voting?
A: Absentee voting allows you to vote by mail. Though every state has absentee voting, rules on who can take part vary.
Q: Is absentee voting an option for students? How does one take advantage of this option?
A: Yes; if they would like to vote absentee, they would need to fill out the absentee ballot application for their state.
Q: Are there any resources in order to help students be more educated about voting?
A: There are numerous websites. Our website has a great number of resources.”
Another resource for students to get their questions answered and register to vote is: https://vote.dosomething.org/?r=source:web,source_details:hellobar
Christian encourages students to, “Get out and Vote. Your Vote, Your Voice!"