Indianapolis – The deadline is here. Monday is your last chance to register to vote in this year’s May primary.
You must register to vote by 5:00 p.m Monday. That goes for new voters, if you changed your name or if you have moved.
Marion Country Clerk Beth White says she’s seen more people registering this year. She attributes the increase to the hotly-contested race for the Democratic presidential nomination and to the Special Congressional election last month.
Deputy directors at voter registration worked 8:00 a.m. to midnight last week catching up on accepting new registrations.
White also says more young people are getting involved. In this year’s federal election, 17 year olds can register to vote in the May primary if they turn 18 before November 4th.
“That’s a message we really want to get out to our young voters, and to the parents frankly of those young voters, to let them know that even if they are just 17, but they will be 18 soon, they are permitted to register and vote. And we registered hundreds of 17 year olds last week. And they are very excited. High school students are really getting engaged,” said White.
To meet today’s deadline, go to your local clerk’s office, voter registration office or any BMV license branch. Or you can register online.
Early absentee voting in the clerk’s office also begins at 8:00 a.m. Monday.
This story compiled from live reports by Lynsay Clutter