All registered voters who would like to vote by mail in Indiana for the 2023 General Election must complete an application by Thursday, October 26. You can apply online or download the application at the Secretary of State’s website at Indianavoters.in.gov. You must reapply for an absentee ballot for each election.
All absentee ballots must be received by the Election Board by 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7.
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Alternatively, you can drop off your mail-in ballot in person to the Election Board office at the City-County Building (W-144), 200 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, and the Election Service Center, 3737 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46201, now through Election Day. You can also drop off your completed ballot at these Early Voting locations on the following dates:
Where to Drop off Your Absentee Ballot from October 11 to November 6:
Where to Drop off Your Absentee Ballot from October 28 to November 5:
Haven’t received your absentee ballot you requested more than two weeks ago?
You can request to have your ballot reissued or choose to vote in person by doing the following:
Registered voters, who are unable to vote in person at a Vote Center can apply for a vote-by-mail absentee ballot, swearing or affirming under penalties of perjury, they will be absent from the county on Election Day, are 65 years old, confined to a residence due to illness, or caring for someone who is, etc. The 12 acceptable reasons are listed on the application, which can be viewed and downloaded here. Once approved, the Marion County Election Board staff will mail absentee ballots. Upon receipt, voters should double-check the precinct code is correct and there are two sets of initials on the back of the ballot. After marking their selections, they can return the ballot by mail or hand deliver it to an MCEB office or an Early Voting or Election Day Vote Center.
Listed below are instructions to help you apply for your absentee-by-mail ballot, online or on paper, and to ensure your ballot is correctly completed, signed, and returned in time to be counted.
Section 1. Information of Absentee Ballot Applicant
Section 2. Absentee Ballot Mailing Address
Section 3. Voter Identification (You MUST complete Option 1 or Option 2)
Section 4. Primary Election Only
Section 5. Reason to Vote by Absentee Mail
Section 6. Voter’s Affirmation & Signature
Section 7. Information of Individual Assisting Absentee Ballot Applicant
Thursday, October 26, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.
If your application is approved, you will receive an absentee ballot in the mail. You can preview your ballot and learn more about the candidates on the Voter Information Portal (VIP).
When you receive your ballot, check to make sure your precinct code is correct and has two sets of initials on the back. The precinct code can be found on the bottom-right corner of the ballot. Mark your ballot, sign the secrecy envelope and return your absentee ballot to the Election Board at the City-County Building (W-144) at 200 E Washington St. or Election Service Center at 3737 E Washington St. by 6:00 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, November 7). Please follow the directions enclosed with your ballot. Applications and ballots postmarked by the deadline, but physically received after the deadline, cannot be processed.
Marked absentee ballots can only be returned by:
The person delivering the completed and signed ballot must complete the ABS-19 form (Affidavit of Individual Delivering a Voter’s Marked Absentee Ballot to a County).
If your ballot doesn’t have two sets of initials, and/or doesn’t show your assigned voting precinct (Two letters and three numbers. Examples: CN004, WR023, LA046), your vote will not be counted. Check for errors before making your selections and return defective ballots as soon as possible. To do this, you can:
Here are answers to the most common questions.