Are you a resident of Indianapolis and looking to understand your voting rights? If so, you've come to the right spot. In this article, we'll cover the voting record of Indianapolis citizens, exceptions to the ballot box, and what to do if you feel intimidated by voters. In order to cast your vote in the upcoming general or municipal elections (November 7, 2020), you must be at least 18 years old on or before that date. If you're uncertain if you can vote, the Secretary of State provides more information.
The ACLU is also strongly committed to protecting everyone's right to express their political opinions. When it comes to ballot boxes, Indiana laws forbid campaigning within 15 meters of the voting center. This includes passive political speech, such as wearing political clothing, pins, or stickers. Election officials can deny the right to vote to anyone who wears clothing or paraphernalia that supports a candidate or an issue on the ballot. In the case of Burson v. Freeman, it was determined that “a restricted area is necessary to serve the imperious interests of States in preventing voter intimidation and electoral fraud.” While you can still wear clothing related to the topic at the polls, unless you know for sure, it's best to be prepared to cover up or take off those clothes.
Even if you are allowed to vote, you also run the risk of being rejected. In decisions that many have described as the most important of our lives, it's best to err on the side of caution. If you feel intimidated by voters, it's best to contact your local election office for assistance.