Indiana

Upcoming Elections

2022-10-10 – Registration Deadline (Postmarked by)

Postmarked by Mon Oct 10, 2022

2022-10-10 – Registration Deadline (Online by)

Online by Mon Oct 10, 2022

2022-10-10 – Registration Deadline (In-Person – Received by)

In-Person, Received by Mon Oct 10, 2022

2022-10-11 – In Person Absentee Ballot Voting From

Tue Oct 11, 2022

2022-10-27 – Ballot Request Deadline (Request for Postal Ballot by)

Request for Postal Ballot by Thu Oct 27, 2022 11:59PM EDT

2022-11-07 – In Person Absentee Ballot Voting To

Mon Nov 7, 2022 12:00PM EST

2022-11-07 – Ballot Request Deadline (In-Person Request by)

In-Person Request by Mon Nov 7, 2022 12:00PM EST

2022-11-08 – Ballot Return Deadline (Received by)

Received by Tue Nov 8, 2022 6:00PM

Last updated: March 2022

Voting in Indiana

When You Can Vote

Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. prevailing local time (Eastern or Central) on Election Day.

Early voting (in-person absentee voting) hours vary. Find Early Voting in your jurisdiction by checking the Indiana Voter Portal and clicking on the “Voting Location” blue box. 

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place:  Check the Indiana Voter Portal or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • For registration deadlines, see How to Register below.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Indiana if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Indiana
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election

You are NOT eligible to vote in Indiana if:

  • You are in prison or detention or jail or penal institution

You may preregister to vote in Indiana:

  • if you will be 18 by Election Day

How to register 

  • Indiana State General Election
    • Apply Online: Online by Mon Oct 10, 2022
    • Submit a Printed Application: Postmarked by Mon Oct 10, 2022
    • In-Person, Received by Mon Oct 10, 2022

(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.)

How to Register:  Indiana residents may register in person, by mail, or online.

Online

In order to register to vote online, you must have a valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana state-issued identification card.  Applicants can apply to register on the Indiana Voter Portal website. 

You may also download the Indiana Voters App and register on your mobile device. The App is available for iPhones and Androids.

By Mail

In order to register by mail, you must obtain a mail-in registration form. The state registration form is available here: (State Voter Registration Form), Download either voter registration form provided above from the Indiana Secretary of State Voter Registration page (both state and federal voter registration forms are valid in Indiana) and return the completed form to your county’s voter registration office or the Indiana Election Division to register. Click the printer icon in the top right hand corner of the webpage to download the registration application. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked on or before the April 4, 2022 registration deadline.

In Person

You may register to vote in person in any of the following places:

  • At the county voter registration office;
  • At the Indiana Election Division;
  • At any Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) license branch while applying for or renewing a driver’s license, permit, or identification card;
  • At any public assistance office while applying for services;
  • At certain agencies serving persons with disabilities while applying for assistance;
  • At armed forces recruitment agencies;
  • At any unemployment compensation office while applying for services.

Identification Required for Registration

To register online, you must possess a current and valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana state identification card.

If you do not have either of these documents, you may still register to vote in person or by mail. If you do not have either and Indiana driver’s license nor an Indiana ID card, you will need to provide the last four digits of your Social Security number with your mail or in-person registration. If you also do not have the last four digits of your Social Security number, you will need to show proof of residency through providing (1) a copy of a current and valid photo identification; or (2) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document. The document must show your name and address.

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Voting Early & by Mail (Absentee)

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • By Fax
  • By Email
  • Online

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
Indiana State General Election

Ballot Request:

  • In-Person Request by Mon Nov 7, 2022 12:00PM EST
  • Request for Postal Ballot by Thu Oct 27, 2022 11:59PM EDT

Ballot Return:

  • Received by Tue Nov 8, 2022 6:00PM

If You Want to Vote Early In Person

Any voter is eligible to vote early by casting an in-person absentee ballot at the county election board or county clerk’s office. Early voting begins 28 days before the election and ends at noon the day before the election. Check the Indiana Voter Portal or contact your county election board for information on early voting locations and times.

If You Want to Vote Absentee by Mail

In order to cast an absentee ballot by mail, you must fit into one of the following categories:

  • 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 a.m. until 6 p.m.);
  • 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 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”;
  • You are prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls;
  • You have moved but remain eligible to vote under the fail-safe procedures in Ind. Code §§ 3-10-11–3-10-12.

The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail is by 11:59pm on April 21, 2022. You can download an application to vote absentee by mail on the Indiana Voter Portal (available in English and Spanish).

An absentee ballot must be received by the county election board by noon on Election Day.

Please note that voters voting absentee-by-mail are NOT required to show photo ID. However, note that for online applications for a mail-in absentee ballot, a voter will be required to submit a driver’s license number or social security number. 

Voting Absentee by Traveling Board

Individuals who are confined to their home due to illness or injury, caring for someone who is confined, or are disabled and believe their polling place is inaccessible may apply to vote absentee-by-travelling board.  Election officials will have someone visit the voter at home and allow them to vote absentee there.

You may request to vote absentee by traveling board at any point until noon the day before the election, May 2, 2022. Applications for voting absentee by traveling board are available on the Indiana Voter Portal website.

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Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Indiana you should provide one of the following:

  • Your Indiana Driver’s License Number
  • Your Indiana ID Number
  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

You may also indicate that you do not have any of the above on a state or federal voter registration form and a unique voter ID number is assigned to you.

If you are registering for the first time by mail you may need to provide proof of residence. Acceptable forms of proof of residence include:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Government Check, or Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address

All acceptable forms of identification must show your current name and address.

Voting In-Person

In Indiana, you need to show a valid photo ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Valid US Passport
  • Expired Indiana Driver’s License
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Indiana Driver’s License
  • Valid Student ID from State School
  • Valid Indiana Non-driver’s ID
  • Valid Indiana Issued ID

Your photo ID should be current or be expired only AFTER the date of the last General Election. A military or veterans ID is not required to have an expiration date or may show an indefinite expiration date.

Registering without an ID: You must possess a current and valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana State Identification card in order to register online. If you do not have either of these documents, you may still register to vote in person or by mail. Mail applications should be sent to your County Election Board. Find your County Election Board here.

If you are registering to vote for the first time in Indiana and you register by mail, you should include your driver’s license number, or the last four digits of your social security number; if you do not (or if the state is not able to match the number you provided), you will need to provide documentation that confirms your residence address.  Any of the following is acceptable documentation if it contains your current name and address:  any current valid photo ID, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a government check, a pay check, or any other government document.

Exemptions: Exemptions do exist for voters who are indigent, have a religious objection to being photographed, or live in state-licensed facilities that serve as their precinct’s polling place.

  • If you wish 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.  Before noon on May 13, 2022, visit the county election office and affirm that an exemption applies to you; or
    • Vote absentee-in-person at the county election office before Election Day, and while there, affirm that an exemption applies to you.
  • If you are a resident at a state-licensed facility that serves as your polling place, you may claim the exemption at the polls on Election Day.
  • If you are a resident at a state-licensed facility that serves as a satellite absentee voting office (early voting), you may claim the exemption when voting absentee before Election Day.
  • If you qualify to vote absentee-by-mail or absentee-by-traveling board, and you choose to vote as such, you are not required to present photo ID.
  • If you are unable or unwilling to present photo ID on Election Day, you may cast a provisional ballot.
    • Upon casting a provisional ballot, you have until noon on the tenth day after the election (May 13, 2022) to follow up with the County Election Board and either provide photo ID or affirm one of the law’s exemptions applies to you.

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If You Have Moved Within Indiana

In order to register at a new address, a voter must have lived at their new residence for 30 days prior to the election.  If a voter moves 30 days or more before the election, a voter should register at their new address in order to vote at their new polling place.

Voter Moves within the Same Precinct

You may appear at your new polling place and make a written or oral affirmation of your new address and your eligibility to vote in that precinct and vote a regular ballot.

Voter Moves less than 30 days before the Election to a Different Precinct.

You may vote a regular ballot by going to your assigned polling place in the precinct of the former residence and filling out an “Affidavit of Request for Transfer of Registration by Certain Voters Moving within 30 Days of Election” (VRG-4/12 form).

Voter Moves 30 days or more before the Election to a Different Precinct in the Same County AND the Same Congressional District

You may vote a regular ballot by going to your assigned polling place in the precinct of the former residence and filling out an “Affidavit of Request for Transfer of Registration by Certain Voters Moving within 30 Days of Election” (VRG-4/12 form).

Voter Moves 30 days or more before the Election to a Different Precinct in a Different County OR a Different Congressional District.

You may only vote a provisional ballot, though it may be difficult to get the ballot counted.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

For more information on military and overseas voters, including late registration deadlines, please visit the Indiana Secretary of State’s website here.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Indiana-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP’s Indiana-specific FPCA page.Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Indiana-specific FWAB page.

If You Have a Felony Conviction

Citizens convicted of a crime and currently imprisoned or otherwise lawfully detained following that conviction may not register or vote in Indiana.  After being released from imprisonment, individuals may vote, even while on probation, parole, subject to home detention, or placed in a community corrections program, as long as they properly re-register.

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Accessibility

All Indiana polling locations are required to comply with the Help America Vote Act of 2020. Each location must have at least one accessible voting machine, and the location itself must also be physically accessible.  If a voter requires assistance at the polling location, the voter may (i) designate a relative or friend to provide assistance or (ii) opt for the assistance of two poll workers (one from each political party).  Before entering the voting booth, anyone assisting a voter must complete an Affidavit of Voter Assistance at the Polls (which will be available at the polling station).

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