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2014 Indiana Primary Election Day: May 6, 2014

2014 Indiana General Election Day: November 4, 2014

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

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When You Can Vote

You may vote from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Election Day.

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


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Where You Can Vote

To determine your polling location, please visit the Indiana Statewide Voter Registration System website or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.


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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

Voters must register at least 29 days before an election.

How to Check if You Are Registered

You can check your registration status by visiting the Indiana Statewide Voter Registration System website or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

How to Register

Online

Indiana residents are able to register online by visiting the Indiana Voters Website.  In order to register online, a resident must have a valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana state-issued identification card.

Indiana residents also have the ability to download the Indiana Voters App and register on their mobile device. Download the App now for Iphones and Androids.

In-Person or by Mail

To register to vote by mail, an Indiana resident may download the state’s voter registration form (available in English or Spanish) and mail the form to their county’s voter registration office or Indiana Election Division. The form must be postmarked on or before the registration deadline (October 6, 2014) in order to vote in the General Election.  A person may also register to vote by submitting the national voter registration form to the Indiana Secretary of State.

Indiana residents can also apply in person at the voter registration or county election board’s office, any BMV license branch or public assistance office.  Indiana’s Election Division and all county voter registration offices are listed on the state’s voter registration form (available in English and Spanish).

Registration Eligibility

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

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

Identification Required for Registration

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 SSN, and if you do not (or the state is not able to match the number you provided) you will need to show identification at the polls in order to vote.  The identification can be a current valid photo ID, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows the name and address printed of the voter.  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.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

Any voter is eligible to vote early by casting an in-person absentee ballot. Absentee-in-person voting begins October 7, 2014. Contact your County Election Board for information on early voting locations and times.

Deadlines for early voting:

  • 2014 Indiana General Election Day: Business closing time on November 3, 2014

If You Want to Vote Absentee

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

  • Voter has 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);
  • Voter has a disability;
  • Voters is at least 65 years of age;
  • Voter will have official election duties outside of his/her voting precinct;
  • Voter is scheduled to work at his/her regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open;
  • Voter 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;
  • Voter is prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open;
  • Voter is a participant in the state's address confidentiality program; or
  • Voter is a member of the military or a public safety officer. 

The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail is:

  • 2014 Indiana General Election Day: (must be received by) October 27, 2014

Notes:

  • Voters voting absentee-by-mail are NOT required to show photo ID.
  • You can download an application to vote absentee by mail here (available here in Spanish)

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.

Voters (or their caretakers) may request to vote absentee-by-traveling-board-ballot from:

  • 2014 Indiana General Election Day: (must be received) October 23, 2014 through 11:59 PM on November 3, 2014

Procedures for Voting by Absentee Ballot

In person:

In order to vote absentee-in-person, you can visit your local County Election Board starting on October 7, 2014.  Voters are able to download and fill out the absentee-in-person application before visiting their Election Boar in English or Spanish.

Contact your County Election Board for information on early voting locations and times.

By Mail:

Voters must complete and return their absentee-by-mail application so it is received by county election board on October 27, 2014.

DEADLINES:

For the November 4, 2014 General Election, the deadline for county to RECEIVE is OCTOBER 27, 2014 BY 11:59 p.m.  The application can be mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered.  This form cannot be emailed.

You can find the applications in English and Spanish and find your County Election Board here.

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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 SSN, and if you do not (or the state is not able to match the number you provided) you will need to show identification at the polls in order to vote.  The identification can be a current valid photo ID, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows the name and address printed of the voter.  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 photo ID must meet 4 criteria to be acceptable for voting purposes.  It must:

  • Display your photo;
  • Display your name, and the name must conform to your voter registration record (Note: conform does not mean identical);
  • Display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election; and
    • Including Military IDs with expiration date of "INDEF."
  • 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, and
    • 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 are wishing 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.  Within 10 days of the election, visit the county election office and affirm that an exemption applies to you.
    • 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 chose to vote as such, you are not required to present photo ID; or
  • 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 10 days after the election 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 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

The voter may appear at his or her new polling place and make a written or oral affirmation of his or her new address and his or her 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

Voter may only vote a provisional ballot.

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

Voter may only vote a provisional ballot.

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

Voter may vote a regular ballot by going to his or her 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

Voter may vote a regular ballot by going to his or her 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

The voter may appear at his or her new polling place and make a written or oral affirmation of his or her new address and his or her 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.

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For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities.” 

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

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