Indiana | Voting Guide


Registration Deadlines and Election Dates


Due to the risks posed to the public by COVID-19, the state's presidential primary election has been 

rescheduled to June 2, 2020.

  • The last day to register to vote in the primary is May 4. 

  • All voters may vote by mail in this election. Mail-in ballot request forms must be returned by May 21 and are available online at:

  • Completed mail-in ballots must be received by county election officials no later than close of polls on Election Day. However, if you live in central count county, it must be returned no later than noon on Election Day.

  • Early in-person voting will begin May 26 and end at noon on June 1


  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: May 4

  • Primary Election: June 2

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 5

  • General Election: November 3

Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Indiana’s voter registration form asks for your Indiana driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

All voters must show photo ID. The ID must:

  • Display your photo

  • Display your name, and the name must conform to your voter registration record

  • Display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last general election (November 6, 2018)

  • Be issued by the Indiana or the U.S. government


A student ID from an Indiana state college or university may only be used if it meets all four criteria specified above. A student ID from a private college or university may not be used for voting purposes, but public institution IDs can be used.

Exemptions are available for indigent people, people with a religious objection to being photographed, people living in a state-licensed facility that is also their polling place, and people who vote absentee by mail.

Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at:

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

To vote absentee by mail, one of the following must apply:

  • 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 a.m. until 6 p.m.);

  • You have a disability;

  • You are at least 65 years old;

  • You will have official election duties outside 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 have a religious obligation 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;" or

  • You are unable to access transportation to the polls.


You must mail, email, fax or hand deliver an absentee ballot request form by the 8th day before Election Day.


Early In-Person

  • All registered voters in Indiana are eligible to vote early in-person at the county election board office beginning 28 days before Election Day.


Find your county election board office at:


Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you have a right to vote.

Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid

  • Where you register to vote won’t affect federal financial aid like Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

  • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

  • Tuition Status

  • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community


Will registering to vote in Indiana affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • Registering to vote in Indiana may not necessarily require you to change your driver’s license or car registration. However, Indiana law may require you to obtain an Indiana driver’s license or update your car registration within a certain number of days of establishing residency within the state. For more information, you may wish to contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Indiana legal professional.


Last updated April 2020

Campus Vote Project is a project of Fair Elections Center

(202) 331-0114  

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