State of Indiana Elections and Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 7                   Deadline for voter registration
  • October 8                   First day of in-person (early) absentee voting
  • October 24                 Deadline for election authority to receive an absentee ballot request
  • November 2               Last day of in-person (early) absentee voting
  • November 5               Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballot
  • November 5               Election day


To register to vote in Indiana, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • You will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next General or Municipal Election (A 17-year-old may register and vote in the primary election if the voter turns 18 on or before the next general or municipal election.)
  • 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 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 and register to vote by mail and send it to your county registration office or the Indiana Election Division.

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:

  1. Display your photo
  2. Display your name, and the name must conform to your voter registration record. Conform does not mean identical.
  3. Display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election (November 8, 2022) NOTE: An ID issued by the US Department of Defense, a branch of the uniformed services, the Merchant Marine, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (or Veterans Administration), the Indiana National Guard, or a Native American Indian tribe or band recognized by the United States government 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

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.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Indiana.


Absentee Voting

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:

  1. 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).
  2. You have a disability.
  3. You are at least 65 years of age.
  4. You will have official election duties outside of your voting precinct.
  5. You are scheduled to work at your regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
  6. 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.
  7. You are prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
  8. You are a participant in the state’s address confidentiality program.
  9. You are a member of the military or a public safety officer.
  10. You are a “serious sex offender” as defined in Indiana Code 35-42-4-14(a).
  11. You are prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls.

Voters can download and print the ABS-Mail form OR call their county election official or the Indiana Election Division at (317) 232-3939 for an application to be mailed to the voter OR visit their county election office or election division to pick-up an application in-person.

A voter must provide with any absentee ballot application EITHER a photocopy of identification card that complies with the state’s photo ID law OR one or more of the following voter identification numbers:

  • the voter’s Indiana driver’s license number or Indiana identification card number;
  • the voter’s unique voter ID number assigned to their voter registration record in SVRS; or
  • the last four digits of the voter’s Social Security number.


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 to view your county’s absentee-in-person or “early voting” dates, times, and locations.




Tribes in Indiana

Federally recognized tribes

  • None

State recognized tribes

  • None

Native Vote Coordinators

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Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Mike Schmuhl

Chair, Anne Hathaway

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