Absentee Voting in the 2020 Primary Election

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, in-person voting for Election Day on June 2, 2020 will be limited. For this election only, all registered voters are permitted to vote by mail, and will receive absentee ballot applications at their registered voting address.

To vote by mail, your completed and correct application must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

How Does Absentee Voting Work?

In a typical election, registered voters who are unable to vote in person at their polling place can receive a ballot by mail. After casting their vote, they mail back their ballot to have their vote counted for the election. While absentee voting, or voting by mail, is typically reserved for voters who cannot physically vote at their designated polling place, the Indiana Election Commission has agreed to allow anyone the option to vote by mail for the 2020 Primary Election.

How to Vote By Mail

Here are the steps you need to take to vote by mail in the 2020 Primary Election.

  1. Make sure you are registered to vote.
    You can check you registration status by visiting http://indianavoters.in.gov
  2. Complete the application for your absentee ballot.
    Every registered voter in Marion County will receive an application at their mailing address beginning on April 21, 2020. The application can also be found online, or in person at the Election Service Center, 3737 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46201.
  3. Return your completed application by Thursday, May 21, 2020.
    There are four ways you can return your completed application:
    a. By hand: Election Service Center 3737 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46201
    b. Email: elections@indy.gov
    c. Mail: 3737 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46201
    d. Fax: (317)327-4815
  4. Preview your primary election ballot.
    To see who and what will be on your Primary Election ballot, you can visit maps.indy.gov/VIP/.
  5. Receive your ballot and cast your vote.
    Your ballot will arrive to you in the mail after you send in your application. Cast your vote any time before June 2, 2020.
  6. Mail your ballot back by June 2, 2020 to have your vote counted.
    Your ballot must be received by the Marion County Election Board before noon on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Your ballot will not be accepted after noon. To return your ballot, the voter will need to mail the ballot, or deliver it in-person at the Election Service Center.
  7. Check the status of your ballot by visiting indianavoters.in.gov.
    Provide your registration information, then look for the Absentee Ballot Information section on the page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about upcoming changes for the 2020 Primary Election? Please read below to find answers to frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions not answered here, please feel free to contact us at election@indyvotes.org or by calling (317)327-5100.


Find More Information

Regularly updated information is available at indy.gov/elections. Please visit the site for the most current news about voting options on Election Day.