This year has brought a lot of unique concerns and challenges to the election process, and many people have questions about how COVID-19 will affect the general election on November 3. As of August 26, 2020, these are the deadlines, dates, and policies for the voting process in Indiana for the 2020 general election.
When and where is the election this year?
The election is Tuesday, November 3, 2020, from 6:00am-6:00pm.
The location of your polling place depends on your address. You can find your polling place by going to https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and entering your information.
By Indiana state law, you must bring a government-issued photo ID with you if you vote in person.
When is the deadline to register to vote?
The deadline to register to vote is October 5, 2020. People can register online at www.indianavoters.in.gov or complete the form (available in English or Spanish) at https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2403.htm and turn it into the county voter registration office (813 Lincolnway, Suite 103, La Porte, IN). Voter registration applications must be received by October 5 in order to participate in the 2020 general election. Voter registration status can be found by entering your information at www.indianavoters.in.gov.
What if I can’t go to the polls on November 3?
There are 3 other ways that Indiana voters can vote in the upcoming election if they cannot or do not want to vote in person at their polling location on November 3.
1) Early voting
Indiana has absentee in-person voting (known as early voting in some states). It is from October 6 to November 2, 2020. All registered voters in Indiana are eligible to vote early by going to a designated early voting polling place during the early voting period. You don’t need to fill out an application for in-person absentee voting before going. They will have the applications at the early voting locations that you can fill out on the spot. For more information, visit https://laporteco.in.gov/residents/elections/.
In La Porte County, the early voting times are:
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 through Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 (8am-4pm)
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 through Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 (8am-4pm)
Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 through Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 (8am-4pm)
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 (8am-3pm)
Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 through Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 (8am-4pm)
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 (8am-3pm)
Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 (8am-12:00 Noon)
2) Mail-In Voting
Indiana also offers mail-in voting. However, only certain registered voters qualify for a mail-in ballot (called a mail-in absentee ballot) in Indiana. To qualify to vote by mail in the 2020 general election in November, you must meet at least one of the following requirements as listed on the Indiana absentee voting webpage https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm:
- You have a specific, reasonable expectation that you will be absent from the county on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6 am until 6 pm).
- You have a disability.
- You are at least 65 years of age.
- You will have official election duties outside of your voting precinct.
- You are scheduled to work at your regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
- You will be confined due to illness or injury or you will be caring for an individual confined due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
- You are prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
- You are a participant in the state’s address confidentiality program.
- You are a member of the military or a public safety officer.
- You are a “serious sex offender” as defined in Indiana Code 35-42-4-14(a).
- You are prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls.
The Secretary of State has not waived these requirements to vote by mail in the 2020 general election on November 3.
If you qualify to receive a mail-in absentee ballot, you need to fill out this form (also available in Spanish on this webpage) to request the mail-in ballot and return it to your county’s clerk office by October 22, 2020. The La Porte County Clerk Office is located at La Porte County residents can also email their applications to Kathleen A. Chroback (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 22, 11:59pm local time.
Filled out mail-in ballots can be mailed or hand-delivered to the County Election Board office 813 Lincolnway, Suite 105, La Porte, IN, 46350.
3) Traveling board
Some Indiana voters may be eligible to have a board of judges, called a traveling board, come to their place of residence so that they can vote. The traveling board can also provide voter assistance with filling out the ballot. In order to be eligible for this, one of the following requirements need to be met:
- The voter expects to be confined, due to illness or injury, or the voter expects to be caring for a confined person at a private residence, on Election Day.
- The voter is a voter with disabilities and believes their polling place is not accessible to them.
- The voter is physically unable to complete the ballot and sign the affidavit on their own.
If you want to apply to vote by traveling board, you must submit an application either online at https://indianavoters.in.gov/ or by sending it to the La Porte County Clerk Office at 813 Lincolnway, Suite 105, La Porte, IN 46350.
If you need an application you can get one at https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm under the section titled “Resources.”
The library can also help you print an application for $0.15 per page printed.
How do I find the application I need to vote absentee?
Applications can be downloaded at the bottom of the following webpage under the “Resources” section at https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm. Or La Porte County voters can call their county election official (219-326-6808) or the Indiana Election Division at (317) 232-3939 for an application to be mailed to them. La Porte County voters can also visit their county election office at 813 Lincolnway, Suite 105, La Porte, IN, 46350 to receive an application.
La Porte County Public library can also help you print out any applications you need for $0.15 per page or we can help you use a computer to fill out online applications.
How do I find out who is on the ballot and other important information?:
You can register to vote, request a mail-in ballot, check your voter registration status, find your polling location, see who is on your local ballot, and much more at https://indianavoters.in.gov/.
The following websites also have information about who is on your ballot and what those candidates stand for. Simply enter your address and it will show you the people running for office that will appear on your ballot. Please note that 3rd party websites may not have every single candidate that will appear on your ballot. The most complete list can always be found at https://indianavoters.in.gov/.
Have questions? Contact the La Porte County Election Board:
LA PORTE COUNTY ELECTION BOARD & COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE
813 LINCOLNWAY WAY, SUITE 105,
LAPORTE, IN 46350
PHONE: 219-326-6808 (La Porte County Clerk Office, La Porte office)
219-874-5611 x2385 (La Porte County Clerk Office, Michigan City office)
Catherine Zeman, First Deputy Election Administrator at La Porte, 219-326-6808 x2471