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Indiana permits online voter registration and early voting. Indiana does not, however, allow no-excuse absentee voting. Notably, Indiana is one of only three states whose polls close at 6 p.m. Voters in Indiana are required to present valid photo identification at the polls.[1]

For full information about voting in Indiana, contact the state election agency.


Indiana utilizes a mixed primary system. Voters are not required to register with a political party.[2]

To vote in Indiana, you must:[3]

  • be a citizen of the United States,
  • be at least 18 years old on the day of the next general, municipal, or special election,
  • have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before the next general, municipal, or special election (except for certain military voters); and
  • not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.[4]

—Indiana Statewide Voter Registration System

When and where

Registration can be completed online or by submitting a form. A valid form of identification is required to register. Registration must be completed 29 days prior to the election.[5]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of April 2015, Indiana is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

Public Law 109-2005 requires Indiana residents to present a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot at the polls on Election Day. Photo IDs must meet the following criteria for voting purposes:[6]

  • The ID must display a photo, your name (which should match voter registration records) and an expiration date.
  • The ID must either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last general election.
  • The ID must be issued by the state or the U.S. government.

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Indiana polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time on the date of an election.[7]

Indiana is split between Eastern and Central time zones.

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on the day of an election for one of the following reasons:[8]

  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.[4]

—Indiana Election Division


To vote absentee, a request must be received at least eight days prior to the election. The ballot must then be returned by close of polls on election day.[8][9]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Indiana is one of the 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permit early voting in some form. Early voting begins 29 days before an election and ends on the day prior to the election.[10]

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Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measure(s) relating to election and campaign policy in Indiana.

  1. Indiana Protect Right to Vote Act, Public Question 1 (1998)

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