Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Indiana

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Indiana.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Early Voting

You can vote early in your state before Election Day. Early voting begins on 10/11/2023 and ends on 11/07/2023

You can vote in person with an absentee ballot at any vote centers in your county, no excuse required. Click here to find a vote center near you.

How Vote By Mail Works in Indiana

Voting by mail is a two step process in Indiana. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. You must have an excuse to qualify to vote by mail with an absentee ballot. If you qualify, you must submit an application to vote absentee to your county clerk. The deadline for your application to be received is October 26th at 11:59 p.m.  Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your local elections office on or before November 6th at 6 p.m. Find your local elections office here.
  • Stamp and return by mail to your local elections office so that it is received by 6 p.m. on November 7th. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Excuse Needed to Vote Absentee

You need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. Excuses could include being sick or out of town, but it’s best to check with your state directly to see what counts as an excuse.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

Once you have completed your ballot, be sure to sign the affidavit on the return envelope. Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

Use The Right Form of ID

Indiana voters must show valid photo ID when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies. You do not need to submit a copy of your photo ID when voting by mail.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

Your postage is prepaid.

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box

A member of your household or someone designated as your attorney in fact can return your ballot for you. They will be asked to sign an affidavit when returning your ballot.

Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Your state does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return, you may go to your polling place and vote in person. You may be asked to use a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting, but may not be counted.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Indiana

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.

Voting Info for Indiana First Time Voter Info