Be a Voter! 2020

A Nonpartisan Resource for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election

General Election: A final election for a political office with a limited list of candidates. The candidates in the general election are the people who won their party’s primary election. General elections happen at a local, state, and national level.


Click Here to register to vote online! See registration requirements below. Indiana Voter Registration Deadline: October 5, 2020.

What you need to register:

  • Have a valid Indiana Driver's License or Indiana State Identification Card.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before the next general, municipal or special election. (A 17-year-old may register and vote in the primary election if the voter turns 18 on or before the next general or municipal election.)
  • Have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before the next general, municipal, or special election.
Not currently imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.

Click here to download and print the paper voter registration application. Mail to or return in-person from 8:00am-4:00pm at:

Madison County Board of Voter Registration
16 East 9th Street, Suite 208
Anderson, IN 46016

(765) 641-9657

*VoteRiders - Provides 100% free assistance towards obtaining documents (such as birth certificates, change of name records), arranging rides to and from ID–issuing offices, and providing copies of ID for those eligible to vote by mail. Contact by phone 844-338-8743.

Checking Your Registration Status
Visit the Indiana Voter Portal.
Under Check Voting Status, click Check Your Registration Record.
Enter your name, date of birth, and the county where you are currently registered to vote.

Click Submit.

(If you are not registered, or if there was a problem with the information you entered, you will see an error message. First name, last name, and date of birth must match county records. If you have changed your information, you may need to update your registration. See instructions to update your registration below. If your information has not changed, you may not be registered and will need to start a new registration application.)

Updating Your Registration
To update your registration, you need:
  • The name you registered under
  • Your Indiana State Driver’s License number or your Indiana State Identification Card
Visit the Indiana Voter Portal.
Under Register to Vote, click Apply Now.
Enter your information, using the name you previously registered under.
Click Update Registration Info.
Correct or update your information.

Click Submit.

*Voting in College FAQs - This guide helps you navigate the unique student voting process, including information on how to register and cast your vote as an early or absentee voter.

*Restore Your Vote - Resources and education on knowing your voting rights as a citizen with a felony conviction. 
* You Don't Need a Home to Vote Campaign - This toolkit provides ideas to help overcome the many obstacles that prevent people experiencing homelessness from becoming registered, active voters.

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absentee VOTING by Mail

At this time, there are no known exceptions to the standard Absentee-by-Mail application guidelines due to COVID-19 for the General Election.  However, if you meet the qualifying excuses below, an application may be submitted to receive a ballot by mail. You should request your absentee-by-mail ballot as far in advance as possible. The Absentee-by-Mail application must be received by election officials by 11:59pm on October 22, 2020.  The county or the state must have the application in their possession by this deadline; any application received after this deadline – even if it’s postmarked before the deadline – cannot be processed.

Click here to download the paper ABS-Mail application form. Submit your form 1 of 3 ways:

Email to:

Mail to:

Madison County Circuit Court Clerk
P.O. Box 1277
Anderson, IN 46015

In-person from 8:00am-4:00pm at:

Madison County Election Board
16 East 9th Street, Suite 208
Anderson, IN 46016
(765) 641-9459

Or, login to My Voter Portal to access the online application.

Who can vote by mail in Indiana? 
There are currently 11 accepted excuses for voting by mail in Indiana:

  • The voter has a "reasonable expectation" that they will be out of county for the entire time polls are open on Election Day.
  • The voter has disability.
  • The voter is 65 years old or older.
  • The voter has official election duties outside of their voting precinct.
  • The voter is scheduled to work during the entire time the polls are open.
  • The voter will be "confined due to illness or injury" or caring for someone who is confined as such for the entire time the polls are open.
  • The voter is prevented from voting due to a religious discipline or holiday on Election Day.
  • The voter participates in the state's address confidentiality program.
  • The voter is a member of the military or a public safety officer.
  • The voter is considered a "serious sex offender" as defined by state statute.
  • The voter does not have access to transportation to the polls.
A voter applying for an absentee-by-mail ballot does not need to present proof of identification. However, a first time voter in Indiana who registered to vote by mail and did not provide proof of residency will be asked to include that evidence with their absentee balloting materials. This can be a state-issued ID where the address matches their registration, but can also be a bank statement, utility bill, etc.


Absentee Voting In-Person (early voting)

State law requires counties to make in-person absentee voting available for 28-days before the election, ending a noon (local prevailing time), the date before the election. In addition, all Indiana counties must make in-person absentee voting available the two Saturdays immediately before the election. Early or absentee voting in-person can be done at the Madison County Clerk's Office from October 6 - November 2, 2020 from 8:00am-4:00pm. (See exceptions on voting hours under Important Dates below.)

For complete absentee voting instructions and requirements, click here.

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Once you are registered to vote, visit the Indiana Voter Portal by clicking Visit My Voter Portal on the lower right-hand side of the homepage. Once logged into your personal Portal, you will have access to your specific voting information such as your voting status, your ballot candidates, your polling place, and election results.

Indiana Voter ID Laws

Before signing the poll list and casting a ballot, you must present a government-issued photo ID to verify your identity. A valid ID for voting purposes must:

• Include the voter’s name, which must confirm—not necessary to be identical - to the name on the individual's voter registration record.
• Include a photograph of the individual.
• Except for certain military and veterans documents, include an expiration date that shows the ID current or expired after November 6, 2018.

• Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. Government.

*Within your Voter Portal, click What to expect and bring with you for more info on Indiana Voter ID laws and fail-safe procedures if there is a problem with your ID at the polls on Election Day.

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  • October 5, 2020: Last day to register online, by mail, or in-person to vote
  • October 6, 2020 - First day for absentee in-person voting at the Madison County Clerk’s Office (8:00am – 4:00pm)
  • October 22, 2020: The last day to request mail-in ballot applications in the Madison County Clerk’s Office (must physically be in the office by 11:59pm)
  • October 24, 2020: In-person voting at the Madison County Clerk’s Office from 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • October 30, 2020: In-person voting at the Madison County Clerk’s Office from 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • October 31, 2020: In-person voting at the Madison County Clerk’s Office from 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • November 2, 2020: Last day for absentee in-person voting at the Madison County Clerk’s office (by noon)
  • November 3, 2020: Election Day! Polls open from 6:00am – 6:00pm

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The debates will be shown live on every major network and cable news channel, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and C-SPAN. 

1st presidential debate - Watch Here
September 29, 2020
Cleveland, Ohio - Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic
9:00-10:30pm ET

Vice presidential debate - Watch Here
October 7, 2020
Salt Lake City, Utah - University of Utah
9:00-10:30pm ET

2nd Presidential debate - **Canceled
October 15, 2020

**In lieu of the previously scheduled 2nd presidential debate, both Donald Trump and Joe Biden will hold separate live televised town hall forum-style meetings.

Joe Biden Town Hall - ABC - 8:00pm ET - Watch Here

Donald Trump Town Hall - NBC - 8:00pm ET - Watch Here

2nd presidential debate - Watch Here
October 22, 2020
Nashville, Tennessee - Belmont University
9:00-10:30pm ET

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Indiana Voter Portal - Register to vote, check your registration status,  find your polling place, find out who is on your ballot, apply for absentee ballots, and get election results.
Indiana Secretary of State Election Division - Detailed vote-by-mail instructions, 'Who Are My Elected Officials?' Tool, Indiana vote centers information, poll worker information, Indiana candidate list.
Madison County, Indiana Election Board - Election calendar, archived and current general election results, local candidates' contact information.

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FACT CHECKING RESOURCES - A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.” Updated even when it is not election season. Includes information on special interest groups behind television ads.
Center for Public Integrity - A well documented investigative journalism organization and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 & 2017.
Newsguard - Browser extension that provides an easy way to evaluate websites. “Green-Red ratings compiled by a team of trained journalists signal if a website is trying to get it right, has a hidden agenda, or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”
Politifact - A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.

FactStream App- See a daily stream of the latest fact-checks as they’re published. Developed as part of the Tech & Check Cooperative, a project of the Duke University Reporters’ Lab.

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Federal Election CommissionOfficial United States Government website that tracks campaign finance and donations.
Indiana Election Division Campaign Finance - The campaign finance database contains detailed financial records that campaigns and committees are required by law to disclose. Through this database, you can view contribution and expense records from candidate, PAC, regular party, legislative caucus, and exploratory committees. 

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COVID-19 Election Change Alerts by State- The League of Women Voters has created this bilingual (English/Spanish) guide to state election changes resulting from COVID-19.

Election Basics

The Election Process - The National Archives answers questions about the Electoral College, the process by which the U.S. elects the President.

Common Voting and Election Term Definitions - Learn the meaning of common terms used in voting and elections.

Voter and Registration Assistance

VoteRiders - Provides 100% free assistance towards obtaining documents (such as birth certificates, change of name records), arranging rides to and from ID–issuing offices, and providing copies of ID for those eligible to vote by mail. Contact by phone 844-338-8743.
Voting FAQs for College Students- This guide helps you navigate the student voting process, including information on how to register and cast your vote as an early or absentee voter.
You Don't Need a Home to Vote Campaign - This toolkit provides ideas to help overcome the many obstacles that prevent people experiencing homelessness from becoming registered, active voters.

Federal Voting Assistance Program - Federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process.

Candidate and Ballot Information

Project Vote Smart's 'VoteEasy' Tool - Project VoteSmart is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office. Use the VoteEasy tool to find a candidate's position on key issues.
BallotReady - A nonpartisan site that allows you to build your ballot by diving into every candidate and referendum on your ballot including candidate’s backgrounds, stances on issues, and experience. BallotReady lets you “explore your ballot, make informed choices, and vote!”.

GovTrack - GovTrack allows users to track federal legislation or see the voting and bill sponsorship records of Representatives and Senators.

Platform Issues

Points of View Reference Center – Assists in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debating, developing arguments, and developing critical thinking skills. Access this library database in the library, or at home using your library card! - Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that use professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards.

Know Your Voting Rights!

Voting Accessibility - Information on your rights as a voter with a disability. 
Restore Your Vote - Restore your voter rights after a felony conviction.

Indiana Voter’s Bill of Rights - Know your rights before you visit the polls.
Yes! You Can Vote! - Education from the Indiana ACLU to help end misconceptions surrounding who can and cannot vote in the state of Indiana, leading to suppressed voter turnout for certain groups.

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All candidates are listed alphabetically by party.  An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent candidate.

Joe Biden / Kamala Harris (Democratic Party) | Campaign Website

Jo Jorgensen / Jeremy Cohen (Libertarian Party) | Campaign Website
Donald J. Trump* / Mike Pence* (Republican Party) | Campaign Website


US Representative, 5th District

Christina Hale (Democratic Party) | Campaign Website
Kenneth Tucker (Libertarian Party) | Campaign Website

Victoria Spartz (Republican Party) | Campaign Website

State Representative, District 036

Terri Jo Austin* (Democratic Party) | Campaign Website

Kyle Pierce (Republican Party) | Campaign Website

State Representative, District 035

Melanie Wright* (Democaratic Party) | Campaign Website

Elizabeth Rowray (Republican Party) | Campaign Facebook

(To find your district, login to your Voter Portal and click Who’s on My Ballot?)



Woodrow (Woody) Myers (Democratic Party) | Campaign Website
Donald G. Rainwater II (Libertarian Party) | Campaign Website

Eric Holcomb* (Republican Party) | Campaign Website

Attorney General

Jonathan Weinzapfel (Democratic Party) | Campaign Website

Todd Rokita (Republican Party) | Campaign Website

Madison County


James (Jamey) Townsend (Democratic Party)

Rick Gardner* (Republican Party) | Campaign Facebook


Danielle Dunnichay-Noone* (Democratic Party) | Campaign Facebook

Troy A. Abbott (Republican Party) | Campaign Website

County Commissioner, District 2

Ollie H. Dixon (Democratic Party)

Darlene Likens (Republican Party) | Campaign Facebook

County Commissioner, District 3

Lindsay Brown (Democratic Party) | Campaign Facebook

John M. Richwine* (Republican Party) | Campaign Facebook

County Council, At Large (3 to be elected)

Democratic Party
Treva L. Bostic | Campaign Facebook
Stephany Mae Finney | Campaign Facebook
Tom Newman Jr. 

Republican Party
Anthony Emery
Ben Gale* | Campaign Facebook
Mikeal Vaughn | Campaign Website

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Democratic Party - National | Indiana | Madison County

Green Party - National | Indiana

Libertarian Party - National | Indiana | Madison County

Republican Party - National | Indiana | Madison County

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This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at the Anderson Public Library. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.  

Last updated 10/23/2020