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Indiana

Population

6,732,219

Voting-Age Pop.

4,876,218

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 38 %
Trump 57 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 5, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    Yes


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

In Indiana, only certain excuses qualify a voter to be eligible to vote by mail.

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  • No, residents of Indiana must register to vote absentee-by-mail in the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of Indiana must register to vote absentee-by-mail in the general election.

Application must be received by: Oct 22, 11:59pm Chevron Icon

  • The application to request a vote-by-mail ballot must be received no later than 11:59pm, 12 days before the election, or Oct 22 for the November election.


    The county or the state must have the application in its possession by this deadline; any application received after this deadline – even if it’s postmarked before the deadline – cannot be processed.

Application must be received by: Oct 22, 11:59pm

The application to request a vote-by-mail ballot must be received no later than 11:59pm, 12 days before the election, or Oct 22 for the November election.


The county or the state must have the application in its possession by this deadline; any application received after this deadline – even if it’s postmarked before the deadline – cannot be processed.

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  • Sept 19: The 45-day deadline date to mail absentee ballots by mail will fall on a Saturday; however, this deadline does not roll over to the following Monday.


    Instead, counties may mail absentee ballots earlier than the deadline date in order to comply with federal and state law.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 19: The 45-day deadline date to mail absentee ballots by mail will fall on a Saturday; however, this deadline does not roll over to the following Monday.


Instead, counties may mail absentee ballots earlier than the deadline date in order to comply with federal and state law.

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  • County election officials must receive an absentee-by-mail ballot not later than noon (local prevailing time) on Election Day, Nov 3.


    County election officials must have possession of the ballot by this deadline; postmarks – even if dated on or before the date of the election – cannot be considered timely.

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County election officials must receive an absentee-by-mail ballot not later than noon (local prevailing time) on Election Day, Nov 3.


County election officials must have possession of the ballot by this deadline; postmarks – even if dated on or before the date of the election – cannot be considered timely.

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  • Acceptable reasons to vote absentee:


    - You must 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 are a "serious sex offender" as defined in Indiana Code 35-42-4-14(a).

    - You are prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls.

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Acceptable reasons to vote absentee:


- You must 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 are a "serious sex offender" as defined in Indiana Code 35-42-4-14(a).

- You are prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Voting early in-person is available from Oct 6 to Nov 2. All registered Indiana voters are eligible to vote early in-person.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

Voter registration ends on Oct 5.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

Indiana residents are required to present a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot at the polls on Election Day. If you are unable or unwilling to present ID meeting these requirements, you may cast 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 one of the law’s exemptions applies to you.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

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Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Your photo ID must meet 4 criteria to be acceptable for voting purposes. It must: 1) Display your photo, 2) Display your name, and the name must conform to your voter registration record, 3) Display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election, 4) Be issued by the State of Indiana or the US government.


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