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Your Kentuckiana Polling Guide

Here’s a list of ways to find your voting location and how to get there before Election Day on Nov. 6

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Brittany Bullard, Staff Reporter

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Finding out where you’re supposed to vote varies from state to state, but you have to know where to go in order to participate in the process. But don’t worry; finding your polling place is simple.

Polling locations are typically held in buildings such as schools, community centers or churches. There are usually several of them in a community, and you usually vote at a location close to your home.

Indiana and Kentucky polling locations are open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.

How to locate your polling location in Indiana:

  • Go to https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and locate the link titled “Voting Location.”
  • Once there, you will be able to enter your personal information, find polling places and voter registration information.
  • There is also an option to update your information if you have moved or changed your name.

How to locate your polling location in Kentucky:

  • Go to the Board of Elections site at https://elect.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx and locate the link titled “Find my polling place”
  • Enter the required information, and your information and voting location will appear

In Kentucky, you have to return to the Board of Elections homepage in order to change your address and/or any other information listed. There is also a way to locate your polling place on a map and find directions.

If you’re registered in a state other than Indiana or Kentucky, Rock the Vote allows you to locate your state voting information so that you can check your voter status and polling location.

How to get there

Lyft and Uber are working to make it easier for people to get to the polls on Election Day. According to The Center For Information & Research On Civic Learning And Engagement, in 2016 close to six million young people (ages 18-29) were registered to vote, but didn’t. Part of the reason why some young people didn’t vote was a lack of transportation.

  • Lyft is offering a 50% discount code to partners who are working to encourage voter turnout. In underserved communities, Lyft is offering free rides through non-partisan and non-profit groups.
  • Uber is partnering with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to provide free rides to the polls. You will also be able to find your polling place in the Uber app. Uber is also partnering with companies who use Uber for Business to distribute promo codes for rides to the polls.

Also, by contacting your local political parties office, you may find information on volunteers who are giving rides to the polls. Carpool Vote is also another source to help you find a ride to the polls if needed. If you have any more questions about your voter status, reach out to your state’s board of elections.

Who’s on my ballot?

You can click here to look up a sample ballot for your district. Type in your zip code and you can view all local races and the candidates for each race.

We broke down local Kentuckiana races by candidate bios and platforms. Click here to read our brief analysis of local candidates.

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