How to Register, Vote and Track Your Ballot in Indiana

Posted on 11/09/22 by Andrew Soergel, Elissa Chudwin

En español | Indiana only allows some voters, including those age 65 and older, to vote absentee-by-mail. But anyone can cast an absentee ballot in person during an election’s early voting period.

Indiana’s 2022 midterms decided races for seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, state Legislature and other offices. The next statewide election is in 2024, with some cities, including Indianapolis, holding municipal elections in 2023.

A "Vote here" sign seen on Election Day 2020 at St. John the

  • Upcoming elections: Information about upcoming statewide elections is available at the secretary of state’s voter portal.
  • Absentee voting: Voting absentee-by-mail is only an option for voters who are age 65 and up or who have an approved reason, such as a disability or a work obligation.
  • Early in-person voting: All registered voters can vote early and in person by filling out an absentee ballot at their circuit court clerk’s office or satellite location.

The state’s 2021 redistricting plan has redrawn certain boundaries of state legislative and U.S. congressional districts.

Register online, by mail or in person:

  • Online: Use the state’s online registration portal to register. You must enter your Indiana driver’s license or a state-issued ID card number to begin the online application process. 

Check your registration status at Indiana's voter information portal.

Any registered voter can fill out an absentee ballot in person. But you’ll need to be 65 or older or have another approved reason, such as a disability, observance of a religious holiday or a work obligation, to vote absentee-by-mail. 

You’ll need to reapply for a ballot before every election and can do so online, by mail, via email or in person:

  • Online: Go to the state’s voter portal, select "Visit My Voter Portal" and follow the prompts for “Vote By Mail.” Include your state driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number when applying online.
  • By mail: Print and complete an absentee ballot application posted to the state’s voter portal. Mail it to your county elections office listed at the bottom of the application.
  • Via email: Print and complete an absentee ballot application. Then sign it, scan or photograph it, and email it to the Indiana Election Division at elections@iec.in.gov.  
  • In person: Print and complete an absentee ballot application. Bring your application to your circuit court clerk’s office or satellite location listed on the state’s voter portal.

To return your ballot, seal it in the ballot envelope that was sent to you, sign the envelope on the signature line and place it in the mail, no postage necessary, by the deadline listed at the state’s voter portal.
 
Track the status of your absentee ballot through the portal as well.

Yes, any Indiana voter can fill out an absentee ballot in person at their circuit court clerk’s office or satellite location. Times and locations may vary by county. More information will be made available at the voter portal before any upcoming elections.

Use the state’s voter portal or contact your county election board to find a polling place near you.

Yes, you’ll need to present a government-issued photo ID before you cast a ballot, unless you have a religious objection to being photographed or live in a state-licensed facility that also serves as your polling place, like a nursing home. The secretary of state’s website has more information about how to claim photo ID exemption.

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Nov. 9, 2022, with more information about how to vote in Indiana. The guide was first published on July 28, 2020.

This story is provided by AARP Indiana. Visit the AARP Indiana page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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