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Voter Registration in Indiana


  • Age: At least 18 on or before the next General or Municipal Election (A 17-year-old may register and vote in the primary election if the voter turns 18 on or before the next general or municipal election)
  • Formerly incarcerated individuals: May vote if not currently in prison. 
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Residence: Must be a resident of Indiana (must have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before the next general, municipal, or special election)
  • College students may only register at one of two places: (1) The address where they live while attending school; or (2) The address where they live while not attending school. More information for college students
  • Check to see if you are already registered 

More information on Indiana voter eligibility and the Voter Portal 


  • Voter registration deadlines are determined by the date of the election.
  • Deadline to register to vote in the General Election: October 7, 2024 
  • Election Calendar: 2024 Indiana Election Calendar (PDF)  
  • Indiana does not offer election-day (same day) voter registration. 

Online registration

Indiana residents can register to vote online by visiting Indiana's Voter Portal.  

You must have a valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana state-issued identification card to use this tool to submit a new voter registration application or to update an existing voter registration record.

In addition to registering to vote online, the Voter Portal provides the ability to validate voter registration status, find polling place location, look into provisional ballot status information, find county contact information, and determine “Who's on The Ballot?” for an upcoming election.

Mail-in registration

Printable forms (in English and Spanish)  

Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.

Choosing a political party   

"Federal mail-in voter registration forms ask for party affiliation and the voter’s ethnicity, though are not required fields and are not recorded in the statewide voter registration system for Indiana voter registration purposes." For more information, see National Mail Voter Registration form.               

Updating registration      

If you have moved or changed your name, you can update your voter registration information on the Voter Portal

Cancelling registration

To cancel your Indiana voter registration record, complete the cancelation form, and then mail or deliver the signed original to your county voter registration office.

The Registrar of Voters in each town maintains the voter rolls. To remove someone from a voter roll, you can contact the local Registrar of Voters.

For address information for your county office, see the second page of the following form.

ID Requirements for Indiana Voters

ID Requirements for Registration

Online Registration

For online voter registration, a valid Indiana Driver's License or Indiana State Identification Card is required.

Mail-in Registration

You can provide your 10-digit Indiana issued driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your social security number on the Indiana Voter Registration Application.

If you do not have a driver's license or a SSN, you can check off None on the voter registration application.

You are not required to provide an ID when registering to vote, but a photo ID is required when voting. 

ID Requirements for Voting

Photo ID Required to Vote in Indiana

Acceptable forms of ID include driver's license, passport, military ID or picture ID from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

If one cannot present an acceptable ID at time of voting, they would cast a provisional ballot. If you cast a provisional ballot, you have until noon ten 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. Exemptions do exist for the indigent, those with a religious objection to being photographed, and those living in state-licensed facilities that serve as their precinct's polling place.

More information on the photo ID law

Where to get an ID

The law requires the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to issue an Indiana State ID Card for free.

Temporary ID cards from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles are acceptable for voting.

Go to the BMV website for more information on how to get a state ID


Original versions or certified copies of the following documents must be presented when applying for a state ID card:

  • One document proving your identity; and
  • One document proving your lawful status in the United States; and
  • One document proving your Social Security number; and
  • Two documents proving your Indiana residency


BMV contact information:

Customer Contact Center: 888-692-6841
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (EST)

Casting a Ballot in Indiana

Important Dates

Absentee Voting

In-Person Absentee Voting (Early Voting)

In-person absentee voting is available for 28-days before the election, ending at noon (local prevailing time), the date before the election.

All Indiana counties must make in-person absentee voting available the two Saturdays immediately before the election.

Check the Indiana Voter Portal for voting hours and polling locations.

Absentee Voting by Mail

Voting by mail in Indiana is only available to voters with specific reason.

To vote absentee by mail, a voter must first complete an ABS-Mail application before each election and the application must be received by election officials 12 days before the election. A voter can complete and submit the ABS-Mail application online at the Indiana Voter Portal. 

Voters must have a reason to request an absentee vote-by-mail ballot:

  1. 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).
  2. You have a disability.
  3. You are at least 65 years of age.
  4. You will have official election duties outside of your voting precinct.
  5. You are scheduled to work at your regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
  6. 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.
  7. You are prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
  8. You are a participant in the state's address confidentiality program.
  9. You are a member of the military or a public safety officer.
  10. You are a "serious sex offender" as defined in Indiana Code 35-42-4-14(a).
  11. You are prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls.

For more information, including how to apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot, visit the Absentee Voting section on the Secretary of State's website.

Polling places and hours

Search for polling locations and hours at the Indiana Voter Portal.

Polling places are typically open between 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Rides to the polls

  • IndyGo: Free rides on IndyGo's fixed routes and Open Door service on Election Day.

Help for voters with disabilities

All polling locations in the State of Indiana should be compliant to the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) .

Poll workers will assist them throughout the voting process, voters that require assistance or are experiencing mobility issues.  A voter may designate a relative or friend to assist them at the polling place.  If the voter requests assistance but does not designate someone else to help them, two poll workers (one from each political party) will be available to assist. Those assisting a voter must complete the Affidavit of Voter Assistance at the Polls, available at the polling station, before entering the voting booth.

If you are uncomfortable receiving assistance at the polls, you may request an absentee ballot from your local county clerk's office. 

The toll free number is: 866-IN1-VOTE (866-461-8683). HAVA staff will be on hand to answer the calls from 6:00AM to 7:00PM EDT on Election Day, and 8:00AM to 4:30PM on normal business days.

More information for voters with disabilities



Primaries vs. general elections

  • In Indiana, it has open primaries so a voter does not need be a member of a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary election to select a candidate for the general election.
  • In a general election, voters are not required to have a party affiliation. All registered voters can participate in the general election.​


Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot

Federal (even years)

President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2024)

Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2024)

Representative (elected every two years)

State (even years)

Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Comptroller, Attorney General, Judges of Probate (elected every four years; next election in 2024)

State Senator (elected every two years)

State Representative (elected every two years)

Statewide ballot measures

Municipal (odd years)

School Board and other boards and commissions

Mayor or First Selectman

Town Clerk

Registrar of Voters

Tax Collector


Aldermen or Selectmen


Local ballot measures

Who are the candidates, and what else is on the ballot?

Important Dates

  • April 4, 2022 voter registration ends
  • April 21, 2022 Vote by Mail application deadline
  • May 2, 2022 Primary Election Day
  • May 17, 2022 voter registration opens
  • October 11, 2022 voter registration ends
  • November 8, 2022 General Election Day
  • December 1, 2022 voter registration opens

2022 Indiana Election Calendar

Who conducts elections?

Indiana Voter Bill of Rights

English (PDF)

Spanish (PDF)

Where to go with complaints about candidates or how elections are conducted

All polling locations in the State of Indiana should be compliant to the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).

The toll-free number is: 866-IN1-VOTE (866-461-8683). HAVA staff will be on hand to answer the calls from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM EDT on Election Day
and 8:00-4:30 on regular business days.

Fraud and Accessibility Grievance Form (PDF)


Campaign finance

Indiana Campaign Finance Online

The campaign finance database contains detailed financial records of contributions received and expenditures made and debts owed that campaigns and committees are required by Indiana law to disclose. In the database, you can view contribution and expense records from Indiana statewide candidates, PAC, regular party, legislative caucus, and exploratory committees. 


2021-2022 Indiana Finance Reporting Schedule (PDF)

2022 Indiana Campaign Finance Manual (PDF)

How to contact your elected officials:

Find your Indiana elected officials on

Find your state General Assembly representatives on

General Resources on Voting and Elections

General Resources on Voting and Elections

Election Protection Hotlines

1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) (en Español)

1-888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) (Asian multilingual assistance)

1-844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287) (Arabic)

Voter Registration & Election Day Resources

Find useful voter information including:

  • Local Election Office and Contact Information
  • Address, Telephone and Email for Local Election Offices
  • Upcoming Federal Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Upcoming State Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Identification Requirements
  • Voter Materials Transmission Options
  • State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered? Where’s my Ballot?

Population-Specific information and Resources

Voting Rights: Laws, Cases, Policy

Voter Engagement

Voter Education

Campaign Finance/Funding Information

Primary Sources, Lesson Plans & Exhibits


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