Wanda English Burnett
Ripley County Clerk Mary Ann McCoy noted there are some changes
taking place that voters need to be aware of for this years
First, voters can now register to vote online by going to www.indianavoters.com.
You can submit a voter registration application electronically.
This is yet another exciting example of how our voting
process is becoming simpler and more convenient by incorporating
the tools and technologies Hoosiers use everyday, Indiana
Secretary of State Todd Rokita noted.
McCoy agreed, saying her office is always interested in making
things more convenient for the voters.
Indiana residents with a valid drivers license or Indiana
state-issued identification card, will be able register online
or to update an existing registration record.
Before voters most commonly registered by mail using a paper-based
application form or registered in person.
McCoy still welcomes people to come into her office located
on the second floor of the courthouse in Versailles. They
can still come in to register to vote, she told the Osgood
Journal. However, the online option is just a convenience for
The online procedure is the result of legislation passed by
the Indiana General Assembly in 2009 with bipartisan support.
According to information from Rokitas office, states who
have adopted this option have seen a 60 to 70 percent shift
away from paper-based registrations over time.
Applicants will be required to verify their voting eligibility
and personal information, which will then be cross-referenced
with databases from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Voters will
instantly receive a confirmation of their application, which
they can print.
Once the online confirmation is complete, the countys
voter registration office will approve or reject registrations,
subject to the same criteria used for other applicants, such
as residency or incarceration following conviction of a crime.
Indiana residents will have until midnight on October 4, 2010
to register in order to participate in the November 2010 General
Another change coming up in Ripley County is the polling location
Diane Macek, Election Deputy, has released the following changes
for polling places:
Those in Brown Township, precincts 1 and 2, formerly voted at
Rosewood Reception Center, Cross Plains, will now be at the
Friendship Fire Station, Friendship.
Voters in Franklin Township, 3rd precinct, formerly voted at
the Saint Charles Church, Milan. They will now vote at Saint
Pauls Lutheran Fellowship Hall, Stumpkes Corner.
Johnson Township voters, precincts 1,2, and 3, who formerly
voted at the Masonic Lodge in Versailles, will now vote at the
Versailles Baptist Church.
And the last change is for voters in Washington Township, precinct
1. They used to vote at the Community Building in Elrod. Precinct
2 used to vote at the Saint Charles Church in Milan. Now both
precincts will vote at the Elrod Washington Baptist Church Life
Lastly, McCoy reminds candidates wanting to file for school
board vacancies that the deadline is this Friday, August 20
There are three school districts that have seats up for election
this fall. They include:
South Ripley Community School Corporation, districts 1,2,4,and
5; Batesville Community School Corporation (these are ones that
file in Ripley County), district 1, 2 and 4; and Sunman Dearborn
Community School Corporation (these are to be filed in Dearborn
County), districts 1,4,5, and 6.
For more information about the school board filings you can