Indiana Voting Quick Facts
Who Can Register to vote in Indiana
To register to vote in the State of Indiana , an individual must meet the following qualifications:
- You are both a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana; and
- You will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next General or Municipal Election, and
- You are not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime; and
- You have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election; and
- You are registered to vote.
How Do I Register To Vote in Indiana
Return the completed form to your countyâs voter registration office or the Indiana Election Division according to the registration deadline requirements
Click here to get the address and phone number for the board of registrars office in your county
To register to vote or update your current registration by mail
Click here to download the Mail-In Voter Registration Form
Indiana residents with a valid Indiana driverâs license or Indiana state-issued identification card will be able to use this tool to submit a new voter registration application or to update an existing voter registration record.
Click here to Register Online
Voting At The Polls On Election Day
WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING
Public Law 109-2005 requires Indiana residents to 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. It Must:
- 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
- 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.
If you are unable or unwilling to present ID meeting these requirements, you may cast a provisional ballot. If you cast a provisional ballot, you have until noon 10 days after the election to follow up with the county election board and either provide the necessary documentation or affirm one of the law’s exemptions applies to you.
Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Indiana
Both Democrats and Republicans hold Semi-Closed Primaries
In primary elections, the voter must announce the party for which the voter intends to vote. The primary ballots for each party will be different colors or easily distinguished from each other in some other way. Be sure that each voter is given the correct party ballot. The voter’s party choice must be documented in the poll book
A voter is allowed to vote for ONLY a public question placed on the ballot at the same time as the primary election WITHOUT requesting a political party ballot.
In some circumstances a voter who moves may not be able to cast a vote for all candidates or on all public questions in their precinct of former residences. Please contact your county election board for additional guidance.
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Who Can Vote Absentee in Indiana
All registered voters in Indiana are eligible to vote absentee-in-person at the county election
board office beginning 28 days before Election Day.
In order to vote absentee-by-mail, one of the following must apply:
- 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 prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls.
- Note:Voters voting absentee-by-mail are NOT required to show photo ID.
In order to vote absentee-by-traveling board, one of the following must apply:
- The voter expects to be confined, due to illness or injury, or the voter expects to be caring for
a confined person at a private residence, on Election Day.
- The voter is a voter with disabilities and believes their polling place is not accessible to them.
- The voter is physically unable to complete the ballot and sign the affidavit on their own.
- The ballot will be delivered to you by a bi-partisan absentee voter board who will be able
to assist you with your ballot.
- Voters voting by traveling board are NOT required to show photo ID.
What If My Address Has Changed
College students may only register at one of two places:
- 1. The address where they live while attending school; OR
- 2. The address where they live while not attending school
NOTE: the intent of where students plan to return after attending college, or during summer and winter breaks, is not to be factored into the decision to approve their registration. They may register at school, if they so choose.
It is a violation of election law to challenge a voter solely on the basis that: (1) the voter is enrolled in an educational institution or; (2) the voterâs address on the registration record is at an address which is housing provided for students by an educational institution. (IC 3-5-4.5-2)
As a first-time voter in Indiana, you will be required to present documents at the polls that confirm your residence address if you registered by mail. Acceptable documents include:
- Indiana Driverâs License or Indiana State Identification Card, with the voterâs current name and address
- Any current and valid photo ID that contains the voterâs current name and address
- Government check with the voterâs current name and address
- A bank statement, with the voterâs current name and address
- Paycheck with the voterâs current name and address
- Other government document that shows voterâs current name and address
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