Sometimes you just can’t get to the polls. Kids, work, school – life happens. Voting is your constitutional right, even if you can’t make it.

A request to vote absentee must be received by the appropriate official at least eight days prior to the election. The ballot must then be returned by close of polls on Election Day.[1]

Are there limits on who can request a ballot? Yes
Mail request deadline October 11, 2022
Request postmark or receipt deadline Received
Notary/witness requirements N/A

An individual is eligible to vote absentee by mail in an election if he or she cannot make it to the polls on the day of an election for one of the following reasons:[2]

  1. The voter has “a specific, reasonable expectation” that he or she will be absent from his or her home county on Election Day during the entire voting period.
  2. The voter is disabled.
  3. The voter is 65 years of age or older.
  4. The voter will be responsible for official election duties outside of his or her voting precinct.
  5. The voter is scheduled to work during the entire voting period.
  6. The voter will “be confined due to illness or injury” or “will be caring for an individual confined due to illness or injury” during the entire voting period.
  7. The voter is prevented from voting during the regular voting period due to religious reasons.
  8. The voter is a participant in the state’s address confidentiality program.
  9. The voter is a military service member or public safety officer.
  10. The voter is a “serious sex offender” as defined in Indiana Code 35-42-4-14(a).
  11. The voter is prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls


Indiana permits early voting. Learn more by visiting this website. Indiana refers to early voting as in-person absentee voting.[3]

State law requires Indiana counties to make in-person absentee voting available for 28-days before the election, ending a noon (local prevailing time), the date before the election. In addition, all Indiana counties must make in-person absentee voting available the two Saturdays immediately before the election.

Please visit indianavoters.com to view your county’s absentee-in-person or “early voting” dates, times, and locations.