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“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
– Alan W. Watts

Voter Information

As a student, you have the right to register and vote at either your home address or your campus address.

Registering to vote at your campus address

The easiest way to register to vote at your campus address is to print and complete a Wayne County registration application. All Earlham students have the same address (801 National Rd W, Richmond IN, 47374). Do not mail in your application. Either hand deliver your completed and signed application to the Wayne County Voter Registration Office or drop it off at LBC Room 123 and the CCCE will see to it that your application is delivered. This is due to Indiana voter ID laws that require proof of residency if registering by mail. 

Registering to vote at your home address or requesting an absentee ballot

To assist with voting and voter registration, Earlham partners with TurboVote, an online platform that keeps track of registration and vote-by-mail rules for all 50 states. Earlham students, staff and faculty can sign up with TurboVote for free at

You can use TurboVote to register and/or request an absentee ballot for anywhere in the US. TurboVote will provide you with all the necessary forms as well as stamped, addressed envelopes in which to submit your forms. Once you’ve signed up, TurboVote will send you text and email reminders about registration deadlines, upcoming elections, and more.

Indiana photo ID requirements for voting

If you register to vote at your campus address and plan to vote in person in Richmond, be sure that you have an appropriate form of photo ID. Under state law, acceptable forms of photo ID are:

  • Indiana Driver's License
  • Indiana Photo ID Card
  • Military ID
  • US Passport

Note: You may not use an out-of-state driver's license to vote in Indiana.

If you have trouble voting 

If a poll worker questions that the address on your photo ID does not match your Richmond address, you can explain that Indiana law was amended to state that photo ID’s are used only to verify a voter’s identity, not to verify their residence. If you are asked for documentation verifying your address, such as a utility bill or paycheck, explain that your registration form was hand delivered to the Wayne County voter registration office, not mailed in or completed online and that you are therefore not required to prove your residency.

In disputes where poll workers believe you are not eligible to vote, you should be offered the opportunity to cast a provisional ballot. You should ask to do so if this option is not offered. Casting a provisional ballot means that your ballot choices are recorded but that your ballot will not be counted until you resolve the issue preventing you from voting outright.

In cases where you believe that you have been wrongly prevented from voting, do go ahead and cast a provisional ballot. Be sure to write down as soon as possible the exact reason you were given as to why you could not vote outright as well as the information you are given regarding what you need to do and by when in order for your vote to count. This information will be important when you contact someone to help you look into whether you are wrongly being prevented from voting.

If you believe you have wrongly been kept from casting your ballot, please contact Election Protection by calling 866-OUR-VOTE or visiting their web site at and clicking on Indiana to find resources. You can also contact Jonathan Diskin,Professor of Economics; Co-Director of the Center of Social Justice at or in Landrum Bolling Center (LBC) Room 336.

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Wayne County Voter Registration Office 

Second Floor of Courthouse

301 E. Main St.

Richmond, IN 47374

Phone: 765-973-9304

Hours: M-F 8:30-4:30pm



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