Voting 101 for new voters


Faith Peebles, Editor-in-chief

There is something different about this year—and I promise, I am not talking about Corona.

2020 is an election year. For many students, this is the first time they can participate in elections. It may be overwhelming to think about, but there are a few tips and tricks that first-time voters can keep in mind to help with the process.

Can I vote?

In Indiana, all citizens who will be 18 by Election Day are allowed to register to vote. The voting registration deadline was Oct. 5. If a student did not get registered, then he cannot participate in voting in the 2020 elections. Indiana’s registration deadline is always 29 days before Election Day, and there are no options to register during early voting or Election Day. Before heading to the polls, students should make sure they are registered to vote. Registration only takes a few moments, as all it requires is a name, Driver’s License Number (DLN), and address.

How do I know who to vote for?

Voters can find information on the candidates on certain non-partisan websites. is a great resource for finding information on candidates, and it even includes Indiana candidates as well. Make sure to do research before voting for any candidates.

What and when is early voting?

 Early voting, or absentee in-person voting, can take place from Oct. 6 to Nov. 2 in the state of Indiana. Election Day is on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Both the Greenwood Public Library and the White River Public Library are open today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and tomorrow, Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for voting. The Johnson County courthouse is open every Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and will be open Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. All Johnson County voting centers can be found on the Johnson County website.

What do I need to bring with me to vote?

Remember to bring a photo I.D. with you to the Voting Center. This can be a Driver’s License, state-issued identification, or Military I.D. 

Where can I vote on Election Day?

Johnson County has many voting centers. They are all open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 2. A few are: Mt. Pleasant Christian Church, Community Church of Greenwood, Vineyard Community Church, Greenwood Christian Church, and Mt. Auburn Methodist Church. The Greenwood Public Library and White River Public Library will both be open on Election Day, as well. Look on the Johnson County website for more information on voting centers.