Indiana voting issues

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Election and registration information

  • Polling Place Hours: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Registration deadline: October 6, 2008.

Identification required for registration

Identification required for voting

All information on ID requirements from

  • Public Law 109-2005 requires Indiana residents to present a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot at the polls on Election Day.
  • Your photo ID must meet four criteria to be acceptable for voting purposes. It must:
    • Display your photo
    • Display your name, and the name must conform to your voter registration record. Conform does not mean identical. Below are examples of names that would conform to "Robert John Crew":
Robert John Crew
Robert J. Crew
Robert Crew
R. John Crew
R. J. Crew
Bob John Crew
Bob J. Crew
Bob Crew
John Crew
J. Crew
  • Display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election (November 7, 2006). (Including Military IDs with expiration dates of “INDEF.”)
  • Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government
  • In most cases, an Indiana driver license, Indiana photo ID card, Military ID or U.S. Passport 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 are unable or unwilling to present ID meeting these requirements, you may cast a provisional ballot. (See 'Provisional Voting' section below.)

Absentee voting

  • All registered voters in Indiana are eligible to vote absentee-in-person at the county election board office beginning 29 days before Election Day. [1]
  • Registered voters may vote absentee-by-mail only if specific conditions are met. To learn more visit General Information On Absentee Ballots.
  • Application for Mail-In Absentee Ballot
  • Absentee-by-mail applications must be received by October 27, 2008 for the 2008 general election.

Early voting

  • All registered voters in Indiana are eligible to vote absentee-in-person (early) at the county election board office beginning 29 days before Election Day. [2]
  • Start date for the 2008 general election is October 6.
  • Indiana voter ID requirements also apply to early voting.
  • Application for Absentee Ballot

Provisional voting

Indiana Elections Division General Information on Provisional Ballots

At the polls: Provisional Ballot Step by Step Instructions

Student voting rights

Please visit the Brennan Center for Justice's Student Voting Project, Indiana for a comprehensive overview of student voting rights, ID requirements, residency requirements and other student voting issues.

Voting machines

2008 election

For the 2008 election Indiana used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Votings' Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines without a paper trail:

Optical scan machines:

Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:

Governmental election authorities

Election threats

  • On voter registration, A New York Times story on illegal voter purges mentions Indiana as involved.
  • On voter education, (needs information)
  • On absentee and early voting, Reports of Lake County Republicans blocking early-voting sites in Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. Challenged absentee ballots in Marion County won't be reviewed until after election day.
  • On voter suppression and intimidation, (needs information)
  • On polling places and voting, (needs information)
  • On provisional ballots,... (needs information)
  • On vote verification and security,... (needs information)
Main article: Indiana election threats

State and local non-governmental election organizations

League of Women Voters

LWV of Indiana, Joanne Evers, President

  • 3921 N. Meridian St., Suite 225
  • Indianapolis, IN 46208
  • Phone: 317-241-8683
  • Fax: 317-464-5146
  • E-mail:

Local Leagues:

Voter Action Indiana

Articles and resources

See also


  1. General Information on Absentee Ballots [1], gathered October 30, 2008
  2. General Information on Absentee Ballots [2], gathered October 30, 2008

External resources

Poll location

Election Protection hotlines

Voting information

Voting rights

Voting requirements

Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials

Absentee voting

Disabled voters

Student voting rights

State ballot

  • See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.


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Voting machines

Election law

External articles