INDIANA

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 29 days before Election Day
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ 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 8, 2016)
  • Be issued by 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.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://indianavoters.in.gov/

+ 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;
  • Religious obligation during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open;
  • You are a participant in the state’s address confidentiality program, or
  • You are a member of the military or a public safety officer

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.

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 will be allowed 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?

  • No.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is 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 June 2018