Indiana ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: All registered voters eligible to vote in the June 2, 2020 election may request an absentee by mail ballot. Voters may request a mail-in ballot electronically at IndianaVoters.com. The deadline to submit an absentee ballot request is May 21. No excuse is required.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

For subsequent elections, you must meet ONE of the following:

  • Voter has a specific, reasonable expectation you will be absent from the county on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6a-6p)
  • Voter has a disability
  • Voter is at least 65 years of age
  • Voter will have official election duties outside of your voting precinct
  • Voter is scheduled to work at your regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open
  • Voter will be confined or will be caring for an individual confined due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open
  • Voter is prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open
  • Voter is a participant in the state's address confidentiality program
  • Voter is a member of the military or a public safety officer
  • Voter is a “serious sex offender” as defined in Indiana code 35-42-4-14(a)
  • Voter is unable to access polling location due to lack of transportation

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.

Last update: May 5, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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