En español | Indiana’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, state legislature and other municipal offices. The state’s primary was May 3.
The state’s new redistricting plan has redrawn certain boundaries of state legislative and U.S. congressional districts. These changes may alter the candidates that appear on your ballot.
Also, a new law requires voters to provide their Indiana driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number when they apply online for an absentee ballot.
Check if you’re registered to vote or update your voter information through the Indiana voter services and information portal. The deadline to update your voter information is Oct. 11 for the general election.
Any registered voter can fill out an absentee ballot in person, but you’ll need to have an approved reason to vote absentee-by-mail, such as a disability, observance of a religious holiday or a work obligation. Voters age 65 and older can vote absentee-by-mail. A full list of acceptable reasons for voting absentee-by-mail is on the secretary of state’s website.
You’ll need to reapply for a ballot before every election and can do so online, by mail, via email or in person:
The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Oct. 27 at 11:59 p.m. for the general election.
After applying, and once you’re approved, you’ll receive an absentee ballot in the mail.
Election officials must receive your completed ballot in the mail by 6 p.m. on Election Day. 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.
Track the status of your absentee ballot through the state’s voter information portal.
Yes, any Indiana voter can fill out an absentee ballot in person at their circuit court clerk’s office or satellite location from Oct. 12 through Nov. 7 at noon. Times and locations, which vary by county, will be posted to the state’s voter information portal closer to Election Day.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Use the state’s voter information portal 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 May 4 with information about voting in the general election. The guide was first published on July 28, 2020.
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