Here, in order to prove residency, you generally have to have two computer generated pieces of mail with your name and address on them. If you can't do this, then you can:
You are at least 18 years old but cannot submit the required documents. An Indiana Residency Affidavit for you must be signed at a license branch by a person who you are living with. The person signing the affidavit must submit their valid Indiana driver's license or identification card, one document proving their identity, and two documents proving their Indiana residency.
So they have to go with you and they have to have an ID, a separate document proving your identity, and two documents confirming their address. When I asked about doing this for my sixteen year old, I was told that I needed to bring:
- My state issued ID
- My birth certificate
- My marriage license (because my current name is not the same as the one on my birth certificate)
- 2 Documents with my street address
I just got three of the kids Social Security cards replaced, but I lost mine at the same time I lost theirs and I have an ID and know my Social Security number so it didn't even cross my mind that I need to replace my card.
Lucky for us, my husband still has his Social Security card. Otherwise he'd have to wait.
Homeless applicants without a residence address. You must complete a residency affidavit and provide a letter from the government entity or not-for-profit organization on its letterhead showing the facility’s name, address, and telephone number, and showing the legal representative’s name, signature, and signature date. The legal representative must state in the letter that the entity or organization provides services to the applicant and will accept delivery of mail for the applicant.
If you happen to lose all of your papers, you're pretty much screwed because you need ID to get a birth certificate and a Social Security card and you need a Social Security card and birth certificate to get an ID.
I'd have no problem requiring ID if it was not like climbing through the circles of hell in order to get ID under some circumstances. I am in favor of compulsory voting and a national voting holiday, too.
In my state, in order to vote, you need to have an
1. Display your photo
2. Display your name, and the name must conform to your voter registration record. Conform does not mean identical. Below are examples of names that would conform to "Robert John Crew"
Robert John Crew
Robert J. Crew
R. John Crew
R. J. Crew
Bob John Crew
Bob J. Crew
3. Display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election (November 2, 2010)
NOTE: An ID issued by the US Department of Defense, a branch of the uniformed services, the Merchant Marine, or the Indiana National Guard is not required to have an expiration date, or may state that the document has an "Indefinite" expiration date.
4. Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government
If you can't provide that,
Exemptions do exist for the indigent, those with a religious objection to being photographed, and those living in state-licensed facilities that serve as their precinct's polling place. If you are wishing to claim an exemption from the photo ID requirement based on indigence or a religious objection, you may do so in one of two ways:
Go the polls on Election Day, and cast a provisional ballot. Within 10 days of the election, visit the county election office and affirm that an exemption applies to you.
Vote absentee-in-person at the county election office before Election Day, and while there, affirm that an exemption applies to you.