Indiana’s May 3 primaries will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for the U.S. Senate, House, state legislature and other state offices.
- Voting absentee-by-mail is only an option for voters who are age 65 and up or who have an approved reason, like a disability or a work obligation. Everyone else must vote in person.
- All registered voters can vote early and in person by filling out an absentee ballot at an early voting site. For the primary, early in-person voting runs from April 5 through May 2.
- Indiana’s primary election is on Tuesday, May 3; the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
How do I register to vote?
- Online: Use the state’s online registration portal to register, check your registration status or change your party affiliation. You’ll need a state driver’s license or a state-issued ID card. The deadline to register online for the primaries is April 4 at midnight.
- By mail: Print out a voter registration form, complete it and mail it to your county’s voter registration office. Addresses are listed at the bottom of the form. Forms must be postmarked by April 4.
- In person: Print out a voter registration form and drop it off at your county’s voter registration office or at the Indiana Election Division in Indianapolis by close of business April 4. You can also pick up a form and complete it at your county voter registration office or when you’re obtaining a driver’s license, state-issued ID card or when applying for aid from a public assistance office.
You can check if you’re registered to vote through the Indiana voter services and information portal.
Does my party affiliation matter when I vote?
It does in an Indiana partisan primary election. You can only vote in a party’s primary if you voted for a majority of that party’s candidates in a recent election. If you haven’t voted recently, you can participate in the primaries if you say that you intend to vote for a majority of a particular party’s candidates in November. April 4 is the deadline to register, switch parties or update your voter information for the May 3 primaries, which you can do through the state’s online registration portal.
How can I get a mail-in or absentee ballot? Are there important deadlines?
Any registered voter can fill out an absentee ballot in person, but you’ll need to have an approved reason to vote absentee by mail, such as a disability, observance of a religious holiday or a work obligation. All voters age 65 and older can vote absentee-by-mail. A full list of acceptable reasons for voting absentee-by-mail is on the secretary of state’s website.
You won’t need to show ID to apply for an absentee-by-mail ballot unless you’re a first-time voter who registered without providing proof of residency. You’ll need to reapply for a ballot before every election and can do so online, by mail, via email or in person:
- Online: Log into the state’s voter portal, following the prompts for “ABS-Mail” and “Vote By Mail.”
- By mail: Print out and complete an absentee ballot application once it’s posted to the state’s voter portal. You will not be able to use a 2021 form to request a ballot in 2022. Mail it to your county elections office listed at the bottom of the application. Election officials must receive your application by April 21 at 11:59 p.m. for you to vote in the primary.
- Via email: Print out and complete an absentee ballot application. Then sign it, scan or photograph it and email it to the Indiana Election Division at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a disability that prevents you from signing your name, someone can sign the ballot on your behalf, as long as they’re not your employer or union representative. They’ll also need to complete the affidavit of assistance included in the application. Election officials must receive your application by April 21 at 11:59 p.m. for you to vote in the primary.
- In person: Print out and complete an absentee ballot application and take it to your circuit court clerk’s office or satellite location listed on the state’s voter information portal. The deadline to vote absentee in person is Monday, May 2, at noon.
After applying, and once you’re approved, you’ll receive an absentee ballot in the mail. Election officials must receive your completed ballot in the mail by noon on Election Day. To return your ballot, seal it in the ballot envelope that was sent to you, sign the envelope on the signature line and place it in the mail, no postage necessary. Someone can help seal your ballot envelope, as long as they complete an affidavit of assistance and mail it along with your ballot.
Track the status of your absentee ballot through the state’s voter information portal.
Can I vote in person before Election Day?
Yes, any Indiana voter can fill out an absentee ballot in person at their circuit court clerk’s office or satellite location, from April 5 through May 2 at noon. Times and locations will be posted to the state’s voter information portal closer to Election Day.
When is Election Day? When are polls open?
The primary election is on Tuesday, May 3. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Use the state’s voter information portal to find a polling place near you.
The general election is Nov. 8.
Do I need identification to vote?
Yes, you’ll need to present a government-issued photo ID before you cast a ballot, unless you have a religious objection to being photographed or live in a state-licensed facility that also serves as your polling place, like a nursing home. The secretary of state’s website has more information about how to claim photo ID exemption.
What races are on the ballot?
- U.S. Senate: one seat
- U.S. House: nine seats
- State Senate: 25 of 50 seats
- State House: all 100 seats
- State Supreme Court: retention vote for one seat
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Oct. 20 with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on July 28, 2020. Voting rules, procedures and candidates may change before Election Day. We’ll keep this guide updated, so bookmark this page and check back.