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The Hoosier’s Online Guide to Voting in 2016

Stephanie Fisher

Posted by Stephanie Fisher on 3/8/16 9:30 AM

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The presidential election is looming in November, so it’s time to develop a game plan to make sure you can cast your vote. You may feel it is important to perform your civic duty, or you may just be interested in posting sweet pics of yourself sporting an “I Voted” sticker on all your social media channels. Either way, it's good to exercise your right to vote.

Not sure if you’re registered to vote—or HOW to register to vote—or WHERE to vote? Don’t worry! There are many online tools and apps to help you find your way. Here’s your handy guide to securing your ability to cast your ballot.

1. How To Register To Vote Online

Good news! The state of Indiana makes it very simple for all eligible citizens to register to vote. You can register online, print and mail a Voter Registration Application, or register in person at your county voter registration office or the Indiana Election Division. If you think you’re registered, but want to confirm, you can simply visit this site and perform a simple search to see if you’re set. 

2. Find Your Voting Location

You're registered, and all ready to exercise your right to vote, but you don't know where to vote. The elementary school down the street?  The church around the corner? Where do you go? A quick check on this site can point you in the right direction. That sticker is nearly yours!

3. Social Media Makes It Easy

Yes, social media can make you all too aware that you don't share the same views as your high school classmates or your second cousin's husband. On the positive side, it's a tool for getting better educated about the issues, finding commonalities and productive conversations about the issues, and making your voice heard.

Apps such as "I'm Voting" allow users to commit to vote, keep tabs on the events throughout the election cycle, and participate in the discussion in a nationally visible forum. 

4. Primary Schedule

If you’re raring to vote, and don’t want to wait until November, you’re in luck—the Indiana primary is on Tuesday, May 3. You’ll have the opportunity to cast your vote as you like, whether you’re feeling the Bern or if Trump’s the tops in your book.

5. Google Elections

Good old Google. You can get an answer to just about anything with a Google search, and they've set up a page with all the up-to-the-minute news about all the candidates running for president.  You can get all the information you're seeking, and it's laid out in an easy-to-understand manner.

After Super Tuesday, I turned to Google and queried "super tuesday results." Google gave me the details and a data in a nice quick view format below:

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Politics can get ugly, but voting doesn't have to be, thanks to online tools and apps. 

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