INDIANAPOLIS — WRTV is working to make sure you are prepared when you head to the polls. We are working to get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to the process of voting.
“We've seen some voters have questions where to insert the blank paper ballot into the voting machine, some voters have questions on whether they should keep hitting next, they have questions on the school board and judicial retention sections,” said Russell Hollis, Deputy Director with the Marion County Clerk’s Office.
Some voters also wondered if they were allowed to vote for some republican and some democratic candidates.
“You do not have to vote a straight party. Basically, a voter can vote however he or she wants. A voter can select straight party or they can skip that and individually select each candidate from each political party,” said Hollis.
The Marion County Clerk’s Office said they are also seeing a lot of people with questions on the judicial retention section of the ballot.
“They don't exactly know whether to vote yes or no.”
Hollis recommends you print or view a sample ballot online. That was you can do your research at home and before you come to the polls. That will also help keep the voting lines moving. There is no time limit at the voting booth.
“We have voters doing research on their phones and so that does add to some of the wait times that other voters are experiencing because voters are in a booth a little bit longer than they normally would be,” said Hollis.
Lastly, if you want to document your voting experience you are allowed to take pictures at the polls.
“They can take a ballot selfie. They can take a photo of their ballot. Voters have freedom as long as they are not capturing the votes of another voter,” said Hollis.
You can find more information about voting in Marion County here and see a sample ballot here.