State of Indiana Elections and Voting
Election Day is November 8
- October 11 Deadline for voter registration
- October 12 First day of in-person (early) absentee voting
- October 27 Deadline for election authority to receive an absentee ballot request
- November 7 Last day of in-person (early) absentee voting
- November 8 Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballot
- November 8 Election day
To register to vote in Indiana, you must:
- Be a United States citizen
- Be a resident of Indiana and the precinct in which you want to register for 30 days
- Not be currently serving time in prison after being convicted of a crime
How to register to vote:
To register to vote in Indiana, visit www.IndianaVoters.com and have a valid Indiana Driver’s License Number or Indiana State Identification Card Number available. In addition to registering to vote for the first time online, you can also update your voter registration with a new address or name change online.
If you do not have a valid Indiana Driver’s License Number or Indiana State Identification Number available, you can download and print Indiana Voter Registration Application (VRG-7) and register to vote by mail.
Citizens may also register to vote at the Indiana Election Division, located in the Indiana Government Center South, 302 W. Washington Street, Room E-204, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, at your local county voter registration office, at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles License Branch, or at any National Voter Registration Act full service agency (i.e. Workforce Development offices, Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) offices). In addition, local public libraries routinely have voter registration applications available.
Voter ID Requirements
Indiana residents must present a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot at the polls on Election Day. Your photo ID must meet 4 criteria to be acceptable for voting purposes:
- Display your photo
- Display your name, and the name must conform to your voter registration record. Conform does not mean identical.
- Display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election (November 6, 2018)
- Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government
In most cases, an Indiana driver license, Indiana photo ID card, Military ID, or U.S. Passport is sufficient.
A student ID from an Indiana State school may only be used if it meets all of the 4 criteria specified above. A student ID from a private institution may not be used for voting purposes. For more Information for College Students click here.
To vote absentee-by-mail in Indiana, a voter must be able to personally mark their own ballot and sign their name to the completed ballot security envelope and have a reason to request an absentee vote-by-mail ballot:
- You have a specific, reasonable expectation that you will be absent from the county on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6 am until 6 pm).
- You have a disability.
- You are at least 65 years of age.
- You will have official election duties outside of your voting precinct.
- You are scheduled to work at your regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
- You will be confined due to illness or injury or you will be caring for an individual confined due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
- You are prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
- You are a participant in the state’s address confidentiality program.
- You are a member of the military or a public safety officer.
- You are a “serious sex offender” as defined in Indiana Code 35-42-4-14(a).
- You are prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls.
A voter applying for an absentee-by-mail ballot does not need to present proof of identification. However, a first time voter in Indiana who registered to vote by mail and did not provide proof of residency will be asked to include that evidence with their absentee balloting materials. This can be a state-issued ID where the address matches their registration, but can also be a bank statement, utility bill, etc.
In order to vote absentee by mail, complete the Application for Absentee Ballot (ABS-Mail) and mail it to your local county election office at the address on the second page of the ABS-Mail.
In-Person (Early) Absentee Voting
State law requires counties to make in-person absentee voting available for 28-days before the election, ending a noon (local prevailing time), the date before the election. In addition, all Indiana counties must make in-person absentee voting available the two Saturdays immediately before the election. Please visit indianavoters.com to view your county’s absentee-in-person or “early voting” dates, times, and locations.
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Tribes in Indiana
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Native Vote Coordinators
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