How to vote in Indiana

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Indiana offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person. Indiana offers early voting.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in Indiana. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

To register in Indiana you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • have resided in the precinct at least 30 days before the next election
  • be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next general election
  • not currently be imprisoned following a criminal conviction

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Indiana can look up where to vote on Indiana's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

Indiana voters can also vote before Election Day through a process called absentee in-person voting. The period for absentee in-person voting runs from Wednesday, October 10 to Monday, November 5, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. You can look up when and where to vote early at GetToThePolls.com.

What to bring

  • You will need to show photo ID to vote in Indiana. Your photo ID must display your name, an expiration date (can be current or expired sometime after Nov 8, 2016), and be issued by the State of Indiana or the US government. Acceptable forms include: Indiana driver's license or Indiana-issued photo ID card; military ID; or US Passport. A student ID from an Indiana State school may be used if it meets the above requirements. A student ID from a private institution may not be used for voting purposes.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, you will also need to provide proof of residence to vote. Acceptable forms include (must show current name and current address): Indiana driver's license or Indiana-issued ID card; any current and valid photo ID; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote 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 that one of the law's exemptions applies to you.

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Monday, October 29.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Indiana.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Indiana's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 9.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 9.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 9.
  • The early voting period runs from Wednesday, October 10 to Monday, November 5, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Monday, October 29.

Election contact information for Indiana

Address:
Secretary of State
302 W. Washington St., Rm E204
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone Number:
800-622-4941