ADA CHECKLIST FOR POLLING PLACES
To ensure your polling location is ADA accessible, use this great resource.
You can also get the checklist here: https://www.ada.gov/votingchecklist.htm
What do I have to do to be able to vote?You must be registered before you can vote. Click here to Register to Vote online.
Who can register to vote?
You can register to vote and participate in the election process in Indiana if:
- You are a United States citizen
- You are at least 18 years old on or before Election Day
- You have lived in the Indiana precinct where you will vote for at least 29 days before the general election
- You are not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime
- You register to vote at least 29 days before the election, and your application is approved
Where and when do I vote?
- Unless you cast an absentee ballot, you must vote at your precinct polling place. Click here for the Polling Place Locator.
- In Indiana, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.
What do I need to bring with me to vote?
Every voter must provide a photo ID that meets the following criteria:
- ID displays the voter's photo
- ID displays the voter's name, and the name must conform with the voter registration record
- ID displays an expiration date and is either current or expired sometime after the date of the last General Election (November 6, 2012)
- ID must be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government
- In most cases, an Indiana driver's license, Indiana photo ID card, US Passport, or Military ID is sufficient. A student ID from an Indiana state school may only be used if it meets all of the four criteria specified above. A student ID from a private institution may not be used for voting purposes.
- If you do not have photo ID when you appear to vote, you may cast a "provisional ballot" on Election Day. You must present photo ID to your county election board no later than noon 13 days after Election Day for your provisional ballot to be counted. You may obtain a free photo ID from the BMV if you do not have an Indiana driver's license, and can claim an exemption from this requirement if you are indigent, or have a religious objection to being photographed.
Can I have assistance if I need it to vote?
Yes, if you have a disability or are unable to read and write and you need help voting, a poll worker may assist you or you can choose another person to assist you, as long as the person you choose is not your employer or your union representative. You must request assistance before you enter the voting booth.
What does a person with a disability have the right to expect from a polling place?
- The site should have clearly marked, accessible parking.
- If the main entrance is not accessible, there must be a clearly marked accessible entrance.
- One must be able to enter the site without difficulty.
- The path from the entrance to the voting area should be level and clear of obstacles.
- At least one voting machine should be accessible to people with disabilities.
- Accommodations should be available to allow individuals with blindness or low vision to cast their vote privately.
- Wheelchair users or individuals who cannot stand for long periods of time should be accommodated to be allowed to sit while voting.
- If assistance is needed to vote, one must be allowed to designate a person to assist, provided that person is not your employer or union representative.
What are my voting rights?
The Constitution of the United States of America says that I have the right to take part in civic life.
- If I am registered to vote in Indiana, I have the right to vote in this election.
- I have the right to vote by myself or with help and I can select who I want to assist me.
- Even if I have a conservator, I may vote unless a court specifically said I cannot.
- I have the right to vote the way I want.
- I have the right to get help if someone tries to stop me from voting.
- I have the right to be shown how to make my choices on my ballot.
- If I am waiting in line when the poll closes, I must be allowed to vote.
What if I cannot go to the polling place on Election Day?
If you are a registered voter of the precinct where you reside, and you wish to vote in person at the circuit court clerk's office, you may vote by absentee ballot. If you are eligible to vote absentee, you may choose to have your absentee ballot sent to you by mail or delivered to you by a traveling board.
If eligible, you may vote an absentee ballot in your county clerk's office. Complete an absentee ballot application, which you can download from this web site and vote at your county clerk's office by noon the day before Election Day. Absentee voting in the clerk's office begins 29 days before the election, and will be available at least two Saturdays before Election Day.
Or, if you meet the requirements and are eligible to vote absentee, you may vote by mail. First, you must complete an absentee ballot application and return it to your county election board (at the clerk's office). Applications from most voters must be received, whether submitted by mail or fax, at least eight days before Election Day. (If you are a confined voter, a voter caring for a confined individual, a military voter, or an overseas voter, there are other deadlines and requirements that apply. Please contact your county election board or county clerk for more information.)
You are eligible to vote absentee if you:
Have a specific, reasonable expectation that you will be absent from your county of residence on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6a.m. to 6p.m.).
- Will be an election official.
- Will be confined on Election Day due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
- Are a voter with disabilities
- Are 65 years of age or older
- Are a caretaker of an individual(s) confined to a private residence due to illness or injury and prevented from voting during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
- Are scheduled to work for the entire 12 hours that the poll is open
- Are prevented from voting due to observing a religious discipline or holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open or
- Participate in the address confidentiality program
How to vote an absentee ballot in your county clerk's office:
If you are eligible to vote absentee, you may vote in your county clerk's office before Election Day. First, you must complete an absentee ballot application, which you can download from this web site. Second, you must vote at your county clerk's office by noon the day before Election Day. Absentee voting in the clerk's office begins 29 days before the election, and will be available at least two Saturdays before Election Day.
How to vote absentee by mail:
If you are eligible to vote absentee, and meet the requirements listed above, you may vote by mail. First, you must complete an absentee ballot application and return it to your county election board (at the clerk's office). Applications from most voters must be received, whether submitted by mail or fax, at least 8 days before Election Day.