Register to vote using texting

Hoosiers will now be able to text “Indiana” to 2VOTE (28683) to register to vote, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has announced. Standard messaging and data rates may apply.

Once a voter texts “Indiana” to 2VOTE (28683), they receive a link to the indianavoters.com website. The voter will need to click the link and will then be given the opportunity to register directly from their smartphone. To register to vote online, a voter must have a valid driver’s license or state identification card, be a citizen of the United States, be at least 18 years old on or before the next general election, have lived in their precinct for at least 30 days before the election and not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.

Once an individual is registered to vote, indianavoters.com can help the voter prepare to cast their ballot by previewing who is on their ballot. The site lists all candidates, the office they are running for and their political party. In addition, voters can use the site to find polling places and voting hours.

Voter registration for the May 8 Indiana primary ends at the close of business April 9 at voter registration places, or midnight for those who register online.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.