Indiana is known as the Crossroads of America, the home of the Indy 500, and for a rich basketball tradition. Indiana also deserves great credit for its efforts to protect the voting rights of our men and women in uniform.
Indiana has a storied history of patriotic service to this great nation. During the Civil War many Hoosiers were turned away from volunteering because too many came forward, and Governor Oliver Perry Morton borrowed millions of dollars to ensure Hoosiers who went off to battle were properly equipped. This sense of patriotism extends into the present day with nearly 25,000 active military and their spouses calling Indiana home.
Indiana military installations also have played a critical role in the current War on Terror. Camp Atterbury is not only the home to the Indiana National Guard, it also has become home to the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center where thousands of regular and reserve troops have trained in urban warfare.
The Indiana Secretary of State’s office has made military voters a priority over the last decade. The office, currently led by Secretary of State Connie Lawson, has worked hard to make Indiana a military-voter friendly state. In 2006, for example, Indiana became one of the first states to send election materials electronically to military members and their spouses. More recently, the state has aggressively enacted several laws to ensure that military members are able to vote regardless of their location in the world.
Secretary Lawson continues to make military voting a top priority in the state. Hoosiers in uniform can count on their state and local election officials to protect their rights at home. The Indiana Secretary of State’s office is a proud partner of the Heroes Vote Initiative.