Everything you need to know about voting in 2020

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This blog post covers: (1) how to register to vote (2) how to find out who is on your ballot (3) the four ways to vote in 2020.

Register to vote by October 5.

No matter how you choose to vote in 2020, the first step is registering!

All Hoosiers must be 18 by election day, November 3, in order to vote.

You can find out if you’re registered here by clicking “Check Voting Status.” Make sure your current address is correct; if not, update it!

There are three ways to register to vote:

1. Register online here if you have an Indiana driver’s license or ID.

2. You can print the Voter Registration Form and mail in or hand-deliver the form to your county clerk. Any registration form postmarked on or before October 5 can be accepted if the voter is otherwise eligible.

3. You can call your county clerk. If their office is open, you can ask to pick up the form and complete it.

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  1. Vote in person on election day
  2. Vote early
  3. Vote by mail
  4. Vote by travel board

ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 3

You can find your polling location here by clicking “Voting Location” and scrolling to “Election Day Voting and Hours.”

If you got into line at your polling location before it closes, but are haven’t voted yet by the time it closes, STAY IN LINE. You can still vote.

What to bring to vote in person

You will need to show a photo ID to vote in Indiana. Your photo ID must display your name, an expiration date (can be current or expired sometime after Nov 6, 2018), and be issued by the State of Indiana or the US government. You can find the acceptable forms of ID here.

If you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail, you will also need to provide proof of residence to vote. This can be a state-issued ID where the address matches their registration, but can also be a bank statement, utility bill, etc.

***Don’t have an ID? You can ask for a provisional ballot during in-person early voting or on Election Day. Then you will have until noon, November 13 to bring the required ID into your county clerk’s office OR sign an affidavit at the clerk’s office that you are indigent or have a qualifying religious exemption to not have an ID.

Early voting is open from October 6 to November 2 at NOON.

Hoosiers do not need to fill out additional forms to vote early. You just need to go to your early vote location once it’s open.

***In order to vote early, you will need to bring everything required to vote in-person on election day. See above for instructions.

Find your early vote location.

You can find your early vote location here by clicking “Voting Location.” Early vote location is located under “Early Voting Location and Hours.”

***Not all early voting sites are up on Indianavoters.in.gov. Accurate locations may not be up before the end of September so be sure to check your early vote location again before you go to the polls.

Apply by October 22.
Return your ballot by November 3 at NOON.

Voting by mail and voting absentee by mail are the SAME thing. Voters can apply to have their ballots mailed to them and have the option to mail it back to their county clerk OR hand-deliver it once they’ve filled it out.

Voting by mail is a FIVE step process

  1. Register to vote (instructions above)
  2. Check if you are eligible to vote by mail in Indiana
  3. Apply to vote by mail
  4. Return your ballot to your county clerk
  5. Check to make sure your ballot was counted

Are you eligible to vote by mail?

To vote absentee-by-mail in Indiana, a voter must be able to have a reason to request an absentee vote-by-mail ballot. There are currently 11 reasons you can vote by mail.

  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.
  10. You are a “serious sex offender” as defined in Indiana Code 35-42-4-14(a).
  11. You are prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls.

Apply to vote by mail by October 22

There are three ways to apply to vote by mail:

1. Fill out your application online at indianavoters.in.gov 

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2. Download the form to mail it in here

3. Call the Election Division (317-232-3939) or the Indiana Democratic Party (317-231-7100) to request an application

***Any application received after October 22 – even if it’s postmarked before the deadline – cannot be processed.

****A voter applying for an absentee-by-mail ballot does not need to present proof of identification. However, a first-time voter in Indiana who registered to vote by mail (as in you mailed in your voter registration form NOT applied to vote by mail) and did not provide proof of residency will be asked to include that evidence with their absentee balloting materials. This can be a state-issued ID where the address matches their registration, but can also be a bank statement, utility bill, etc.

Once you’ve applied to vote by mail, you will need to make sure your registration has been accepted. You can check your status here by clicking “Check Voting Status” and scrolling down to “Absentee Ballot Information.”

Get your ballot to your county clerk by November 3 at NOON.

If your application has been accepted, you will receive a mail-in ballot.

Your county clerk must have your completed ballot by November 3 at noon. Anything postmarked before November 3, but received after November 3 at noon will not be counted.

To have your ballot counted, you must sign the outer security envelope in the space provided.

Check if your ballot was counted

You can check to see if your ballot was counted here by clicking “Check Voting Status” and scrolling down to “Absentee Ballot Information.”

If your ballot hasn’t arrived by Election Day, go to your polling place and fill out a PRE-5 form (an affidavit saying your absentee ballot never arrived). You can then vote with a regular ballot if otherwise eligible.

Apply by November 2 at NOON.
Available from October 15 to November 2.

Voting by travel board is an option for some voters to have a bi-partisan team deliver the voter’s ballot and assist the person with completing their ballot during the 19-day period before the election.

Voting by travel board is a FOUR step process

  1. Register to vote (instructions above)
  2. Check if you are eligible to vote by travel board
  3. Apply to vote by travel board
  4. Schedule a time to have the travel board come to you
  5. Vote by travel board

Are you eligible to vote by travel board?

There are three reasons Hoosiers can vote by travel board:

  1. The voter expects to be confined, due to illness or injury, or the voter expects to be caring for a confined person at a private residence, on Election Day.
  2. The voter is a voter with disabilities and believes their polling place is not accessible to them.
  3. The voter is physically unable to complete the ballot and sign the affidavit on their own.

Apply to vote by travel board by November 2 at NOON

There are FOUR ways to apply:

  1. Apply online here by clicking “Apply Online/Get Forms.” Then, hit “Visit my Voter Portal.” Once in your portal, click “Travel Board” under “Want to apply for an Absentee Ballot?” Fill out the online form and hit submit.
  2. Download and print the ABS –Travel Board Application. Mail, hand-deliver, or email it to your county clerk.
  3. Call your county election official or the Indiana Election Division at (317) 232-3939 for an application to be mailed to you. Then, mail, hand-deliver, or email it to your county clerk.
  4. Visit your county election office or election division to pick-up an application in-person. Then, mail, hand-deliver, or email it to your county clerk.

***Any application received after November 2 at NOON – even if it’s postmarked before the deadline – cannot be processed.

Schedule your time to vote by travel board

Travel board is available from October 15 to November 2 by appointment only.

County officials must be able to contact you to schedule a mutually agreeable time for the bi-partisan team to deliver the ballot and provide assistance. This is why you will need to include a phone number or email with your application

Vote by travel board: October 15 to November 2

Be ready for the travel board to arrive at your scheduled time to cast your vote!

RESOURCES

Have questions about voter registration? Need to report voter suppression? Want help applying to vote by mail? Call us at 317-261-3820 or e-mail us general voting questions at voting@indems.org.

Need to get ahold of your county clerk? Find their information here.

  

Voter outreach is funded through our 100%-grassroots-backed Safe Voting Initiative. You can read the plan and help support the program here.

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