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Absentee Voting By Mail

​Absentee Mail Overview

For an overview of how to vote absentee-by-mail, please download our absentee voter guide and our how to absentee vote-by-mail form.

Completing An Application

To vote absentee by mail, you must first apply and indicate a reason for your request. Applications are available by calling the Marion County Election Board at 317-327-5100, visiting the office during regular business hours or by downloading a request form.

Absentee applications must be submitted in every election a person wants to vote by mail; applications are not kept on file for civilian voters.

Please pay close attention and complete the application fully. The application asks for general information about you, including the address where you are registered to vote. The registration address on the application must match the address in the voter registration system. (If you have moved or changed your name since you last registered to vote, it’s your responsibility to update this information with your local Board of Voters Registration.) You can include a mailing address, if you need the absentee ballot mailed to a different address than where you are registered to vote.

You do not need to include a copy of your photo ID to vote-by-mail, but all vote-by-mail requests must have one of the state-approved reasons marked on the application. If you do not mark a reason, you will receive a notification letter and new application to complete and submit. There are a few reasons permitted to request an absentee ballot to vote-by-mail in Indiana:

  • I have a specific, reasonable expectation of being absent from the county on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
  • I will be confined to my residence, a health care facility, or a hospital due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
  • I will be caring for an individual confined to a private residence due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
  • I am a voter with disabilities. NOTE: If you are unable to mark the ballot or sign the ballot security envelope, you must contact the county election board to process your application.
  • I am a voter at least 65 years of age.
  • I will have official election duties outside of my voting precinct.
  • I am scheduled to work at my regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
  • I am unable to vote at the polls in person due to observance of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours the polls are open.
  • I am voter eligible to vote under the “fail-safe” procedures in IC 3-10-11 or 3-10-12.
  • I am a member of the military or public safety officer.
  • I am a "serious sex offender" (as defined in IC 35-42-4-14(a)).
  • I am prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls.

Please make sure to sign and date the application. If your signature is missing, you will receive a notification letter and new application to complete and submit.  

Deadlines

Applications to vote by mail for the 2018 Primary Election will be accepted through 11:59PM, Monday, April 30, 2018. The deadline to return an absentee ballot is 12PM (NOON), Election Day, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Applications and ballots postmarked by their respective deadlines but received by the Election Board after the deadline date cannot be processed.

 Here are the ways Marion County voters can submit their absentee application before the deadline:

  • Mail – Marion County Election Board, 3737 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46201
  • Fax(317) 327-3590
  • Hand-Deliver (during regular business hours) – Marion County Election Board, City-County Building Room W144, 200 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Changes To Absentee Forms!

If you take custody of a person's absentee application, you must include the date you accepted the document underneath the signature line of the form (there is a space indicated for you). Absentee applications must be returned to the Election Board by noon, ten days or the absentee application deadline, whichever occurs first. 

Questions? Please call our office at (317) 327-5100 or send an email to elections@indy.gov