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Voting basics
To register, you must:
•Be a citizen of the United States.
•Be at least 18 years old on or before Nov. 6.
•Have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days.
•Not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.
Karen Francisco | The Journal Gazette
Early voting begins Monday at the Allen County Election Board offices at the southwest corner of Calhoun and Superior streets. Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote.

Would-be voters’ last chance looms

If Wednesday night’s presidential debate piqued the interest of any non-voters, they should note time is running out to register to vote Nov. 6. Indiana’s registration deadline is Tuesday.

Allen County residents may register at the voter registration office, 1 W. Superior St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

All mail-in registrations must be postmarked no later than Oct. 11 to be processed before the election. All new registrations sent by mail must include documentation verifying the voter’s name and address.

Indiana residents with a valid Indiana driver’s license or state-issued identification may submit a registration online at

Voters already registered might consider voting early. Beginning Monday, any registered voter may vote in person at the Election Board office. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will be open on two Saturdays prior to the election: Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office also will be open for early voting 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 5.

More than 30,000 Allen County residents voted early in 2008.

To vote absentee, residents must meet one of several qualifications. A list of the qualifications and applications for an absentee ballot may be downloaded from the voter registration website,

Voters may also call the Election Board office at 449-7329.

Absentee ballot applications must be received by the Election Board office no later than 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 29.

Completed ballots must be returned to the Election Board office no later than noon on Nov. 6.