Indiana Voting Guide: What to Know Ahead of Election Day

Here's everything the Indiana voter needs to know ahead of Election Day 2020.

Posted: Sep 30, 2020 11:52 AM
Updated: Oct 19, 2020 11:36 AM

The deadline to register to vote in Indiana is Oct. 5, 2020.

There are a few things you'll need to register to vote in Indiana:

  1. A valid Indiana Driver's License or State ID Card.
  2. You must also be a citizen of the United States who's at least 18-years-old.
  3. You can't be currently imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.
  4. Must have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before the next election.

Click Here to register to vote in Indiana, or to check the status of your voting registration.

Sample Ballots/Candidates by County:

Indiana: Click here to find a polling location

Absentee Voting

In Indiana, voters have access to three types of absentee voting: in-person, by mail, or traveling board. Military and overseas voters can also vote absentee through different procedures.

Applications to vote absentee for the November 3, 2020 election, are currently being accepted.

1. In-Person:

  • Indiana voters can vote before Election Day through a process called in-person absentee voting, commonly referred to as 'Early Voting', as soon as Tuesday, Oct. 6, ending on Nov. 2 at noon local time.
  • State law requires counties to make in-person absentee voting available for 28-days before the election, ending at noon local time.
  • Every county must also have in-person absentee available Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, and Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, for at least seven hours, unless the county’s population is less than 20,000, in which case the site can be open for a minimum of four hours.

Many locations are available for early voting throughout the state, such as these locations in Vanderburgh County.

Click here to view your county’s absentee-in-person or “Early Voting” dates, times, and locations.

2. By Mail:

Mailed ballots need to be signed and returned in the envelope provided. A voter must personally mark their own ballot. 

In Indiana, you must have one of the following reasons to request an absentee vote-by-mail ballot:

  1. You'll be absent from the county on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
  2. You have a disability
  3. You're at least 65-years-old
  4. You have election office duties outside of your voting precinct
  5. You're scheduled to work at your job during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
  6. Confined due to illness or injury, or caring for an individual for those reasons.
  7. A religious discipline or religious holiday
  8. You're a participant of the state's address confidentiality program
  9. You're 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. Unavailability of transportation to the polls

To vote absentee by mail, a voter must first complete an ABS-Mail application before each election. The application to request a vote-by-mail ballot must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. 12 days before the election, which is Oct. 22, 2020, for the November election.

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

You can click here to see a list of all Indiana County Election Office locations and phone numbers.

3. Traveling Board

The traveling board hand-delivers ballots to voters who are confined in their homes because of illness, injury, or disabilities. Caregivers can also vote by traveling board.

Those who wish to vote by traveling board must complete an application to do so. An application can be obtained from county election officials or the Indiana Election Division at (317) 232-3939.

Additional Indiana Voting Resources:

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