Indiana Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated April 08, 2014

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Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration Form: Postmarked 29 days before the election
  • Absentee Ballot Application: Received 8 days before the election
  • Voted Absentee Ballot: Received by noon on Election Day

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Tool. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.  

Or, if you have a valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana state-issued identification card, you can use Indiana's online voter registration form. Just follow their instructions.

Verify your voter registration

Once your voter registration application is received, your county voter registration office will process the application and determine your eligibility. If you are eligible, the county office will send you a voter registration acknowledgment card. Once you receive that card, you will be officially registered.

If you are not eligible, or if the application was incomplete, you will receive a notice denying the application or requesting the missing information. If you have not received a voter registration card or a notice from your county within about 30 days, check our Verify Your Voter Registration page for a list of options.

Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot

You may vote by absentee ballot if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • 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 may vote absentee-by-traveling board (someone comes to your house and helps you fill out a ballot) if: 

  • You expect to be confined, due to illness or injury, or you expect to be caring for a confined person at a private residence, on election day.
  • You are a voter with disabilities and you believe your polling place is not accessible to you.

NOTE: Voters who vote absentee-by-traveling board are not required to show ID.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Complete and sign the form, and mail it your County Elections Office (the addresses are on the form).

Receive, complete and return your absentee ballot

Your county election office will mail your absentee ballot and a return envelope.  Complete the absentee ballot, sign where indicated, and send it back to your county election office.  Your voted absentee ballot must be received by noon on election day. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to provide ID when I register to vote in Indiana?

If you are registering to vote in Indiana for the first time, and you register to vote by mail, you must provide proof of residency before voting for the first time (either in person or by absentee ballot).  If you'd like, you can submit proof of residency with your voter registration form.  Accceptable proof of residency includes:  a COPY of your Indiana Driver’s License or other current and valid photo ID that shows your name and Indiana address; a COPY of a current utility bill or bank statement that shows your name and Indiana address; a COPY of a government check or other government document that shows your name and Indiana address; OR a COPY of a paycheck that shows your name and address.

Do I need to provide ID when I vote by absentee ballot in Indiana?

You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in Indiana at least once.  If you are a first time Indiana voter and you did not provide proof of Indiana residency with your voter registration application, you must include one of the following documents with your absentee ballot application: a copy of your Indiana Driver’s License or other current and valid photo identification and Indiana address; a copy of a current utility bill or bank statement that shows your name and Indiana address; a copy of a government check or other government document that shows your name and Indiana address; or a copy of a paycheck that shows your name and address.

Can I vote in person before the election in Indiana?

Yes. Check out our Early Voting page for details.

Additional Information

State Election Website: www.indianavoters.com or
http://www.in.gov/sos/elections
Email: elections@iec.in.gov
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 

 

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