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Indiana Election Information

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2016 General Election: November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016

For more information, visit the Indiana Secretary of State Election Division website.

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When You Can Vote

Election Day:

Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Early voting (in-person absentee) hours vary, and are described below.

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place:  Visit the Indiana Statewide Voter Registration System website or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines:  You must register at least 29 days before the General Election.  The deadline for this year’s General Election is Monday, October 11, 2016.

How to Check Your Registration:  You can check your registration status by visiting the Indiana Statewide Voter Registration System website or by calling 866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility

In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must: 

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Reside in Indiana;
  • Be at least 18 years old on the day of the next general, municipal, or special election;
  • Have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election (except for certain military voters); and 
  • Not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime. 

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 Statewide Voter Registration 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 by downloading a voter registration form from the Indiana Secretary of State Election Division website (both the state and federal voter-registration forms are valid in Indiana) and returning the completed form to your county’s voter registration office or the Indiana Election Division. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked on or before the October 11, 2016 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.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

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 an election and ends at noon on the day before the election. 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 October 31, 2016. You can download an application to vote absentee by mail here (available in English and Spanish).

An absentee ballot cast by mail in a county that counts absentee ballots at the polls must be received in time for the board to deliver it to the precinct for processing before 6 p.m. on Election Day.  An absentee ballot cast by mail in a county that counts absentee ballots at a central location 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.

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.

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

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.

In order to find your County Election Board, click 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 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.  Given that Indiana also has a photo ID requirement to vote in person, you will need to have a photo ID with you in any case.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Indiana requires residents to present a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot at the polls on Election Day.  

Your ID must meet ALL four of the following criteria:

  • Displays your photograph;
  • Displays your name, and the name must conform to your voter registration record (Note: “conform” does not mean “identical”);
  • Displays an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election (November 4, 2014), except that a military or veteran ID that otherwise complies is acceptable even if it has no expiration date or an expiration date of “INDEF”; and
  • Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government.
    • 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.

In most cases, an Indiana driver license, Indiana photo ID card, military ID or U.S. Passport is sufficient.

Exemptions:

Exemptions do exist for the indigent, those with a religious objection to being photographed, and those living 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 November 18, 2016, 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 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 (November 18, 2016) to follow up with the County Election Board and either provide photo ID or affirm one of the law’s exemptions applies to you.

VoteRiders has created Indiana voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

In order to register at a new address, a voter must have lived at their new residence for 30 days prior to registration.  If a voter moves after the 30-day window, a voter must apply to vote absentee-in-person or absentee-by-mail.

If a voter moves at least 30 days before the registration deadline, a voter should register at their new address in order to vote at their new polling place.

Voter Moves before the Close of Registration 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 before the Close of Registration to a New Precinct and New Congressional District in the Same County

You may only vote a provisional ballot.

Voter Moves before the Close of Registration to a New Precinct and New County in the Same Congressional District

You may only vote a provisional ballot.

Voter Moves before the Close of Registration to a New Precinct in the Same County in 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 after Close of Registration to a New Precinct or New County in the State of Indiana

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 after Close of Registration 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.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

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 7:00 p.m., Election Day 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.

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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 release 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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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

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