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CORRECTION: The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is October 22nd.

COVID-19 Voting Update: The Indiana State Election Commission has declined to expand mail-in voting for the 2020 General Election. Absentee voting is only available for voters who meet at least one of the 11 accepted excuses.

[updated September 4, 2020]


Indiana has a really great voter portal where you can check your registration status, find out about absentee voting, find your polling location, and find a sample ballot:

Alternatively, you can directly download these forms:
Request an absentee ballot:

More info:
Campus Vote Project:


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Hey Indiana!

If you want to vote in the November presidential elections, first you need to register. You can check if you’re already registered using the link in the description.

If you still need to register, you can do that online if you have a valid Indiana driver’s license or state ID. If you don’t have one, say you’re a student from another state, or you just don’t drive, you need to print out a form and mail it in, like with a stamp. Which I get is kind of a hassle, but it’s important, so do it anyway.

Both the links to the online registration and the printable form will be in the description. Either way you register, you’ve gotta do it by October 5th to vote in the November election. Okay, so once you’re registered, you have a few options for how you can vote.

Voting absentee by mail is available in a few cases. For example if you’ll be out of state on election day, you have a disability that prevents you from going to the polls, or you have a religious holiday or a work shift that lasts the entire 12 hours that the polls are open. If any of those apply to you, you can request a ballot by printing out the form in the link below and mailing it in.

You have to request your ballot by October 24th and fill it out and return it before November 3rd. You can also vote early in person from October 6th through November 2nd at your local county election board office or other early voting locations in your county. There’s a link in the description where you can find the locations and hours for your county.

If you’re gonna vote on November 3rd, polls are open from 6am to 6pm and you can figure out where you should go to vote using the link in the description. Depending on your county, you’ll either be assigned one specific location, or you’ll get to choose whichever voting center in your county works best for you—but that website will show you which locations are available where you live. When you go to vote, you’ll need to bring an ID issued by the state of Indiana that has your name, a photo of you, an expiration date that shows that it is valid or that it expired after November 6, 2018.

In most cases that’s a driver’s license, passport, or state ID, but an ID from a public college or university in Indiana is also okay as long as it also has those three things on it. If you want to see everything that’s gonna be on the ballot ahead of time, you can go to the same link where you looked up your polling place to see a sample ballot. Don’t panic if you see like, a bunch of things on there you haven’t heard about.

You don’t need to vote for everything on the ballot for it to count, but the local elections are pretty important, so looking up your sample ballot gives you a chance to research the candidates for your local elections ahead of time. You can even print out your sample ballot or take a screenshot and bring it to the polls with you so you can remember how you want to vote. And one last thing: if you’re gonna vote take a second right now to open up your notes app or grab a pen and paper and make a plan.

Write down when and how you’re gonna register, what time you’re gonna vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re gonna use, even who you’re gonna bring to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location will be in the description.

Thanks for voting. How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.