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The FAQ below shares some of our most frequently asked questions about voting and elections. For more information visit the Indiana State Government Voter Information Portal. Or visit the Marion County Voter Portal for local information.

Remember to bring ID

Before heading to a voting location to cast your vote, have your valid photo ID ready, issued by the state of Indiana or the federal government. The Supreme Court has upheld the requirement of an Indiana State ID in order to vote. Public Law 109-2005 requires Indiana residents to present a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot at the polls on Election Day.

This law requires your photo ID to meet four criteria to be acceptable for voting purposes. See the four requirements your photo ID must include.

Where can I get an ID?

VoteRiders provides 100% free assistance towards obtaining documents (such as birth certificates, change of name records), arranging rides to and from ID–issuing offices, and providing copies of ID for those eligible to vote by mail. Contact by phone 844-338-8743.

Frequently Asked Questions

​ Why Should I Vote?

The National Geographic Society provides good information on why it is important that everyone exercise their right to vote

​What are my Rights as a Voter?

The Indiana Voters Bill of Rights can be found in English and Spanish.

Where is my polling place?

Find out where to vote by choosing “Find Your Polling Place” on the Voter Information Portal.

What do I need to do to vote?

You must first register to vote. If you are unsure if you are registered you can click on “Check Voting Status” and if you need to register you can click on “Register to Vote.”

If you prefer, you can pick up paper voter registration forms at the following locations:

How can I turn in my registration form?

Registration forms may be mailed to or dropped off at the Marion County Board of Voter Registration. According to the Indiana Secretary of State's Election Division "[To] vote in a primary or general election, you must be registered at least twenty-nine (29) days before that election. A mail-in voter registration application must be postmarked at least twenty-nine (29) days in advance of that election."

Can I (avoid long waits and) vote early?

All registered Indiana voters are eligible to vote early in-person. See more information on how to vote early in Indiana.

What if I can't vote on Election Day?

For people who cannot travel to their polling place on Election Day, an absentee ballot can be used. To see if you are eligible to vote absentee, or to download an online application, go to the Indiana Voter Information Portal Absentee Forms. You may also call the Election Board at 317-327-8683 to have a form mailed to you. Early voters, military and overseas voters, and a travelling board for sick, injured or disabled voters and their caregivers may all be eligible for absent

What if I need a ride to my polling place to vote?

The Marion County Democratic, Libertarian, and Republican parties provide transportation to the polls to residents of Marion County. When calling, give your name, address, and telephone number.

Libertarian Party of Marion County 2825 East 56th Street Indianapolis, IN 46220 (317) 643-5725

Marion County Democratic Party114 West St. Clair Street Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 637-3366

Marion County Republican Party 101 West Ohio Street Suite 2200 Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 964-5050

Who are the candidates running for office?

To find a list of who is on the ballot that you will be voting for, you can ccess Both are accessed at the Indiana Voter Information Portal. Click on the yellow icon “Who’s on the Ballot?” You will need to put in your name and your birthdate as well as the county where you are registered to vote. You will find a list of the candidates who are currently on the ballot.

Where can I find information about the candidates?

To find out more about each candidate you can easily find them online by searching their names on Google. Remember to consider who is providing the information on any site about a candidate and consider it the site may be biased. One reliable site is called Ballot Ready presented by the National Science Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

Where can I check the facts I find?

There are several good sites for fact checking - two easy-to-use options are Fact Check and Politifact. Another interesting one is NewsGuard, which works as a Chrome browser extension.

I am a college student, what should I know about voting?

You can find out information that is specifically for college students from the Indiana Secretary of State.

​What is the Electoral College and how does it work?

For an explanation of how the college works, including statistics and historical counts, visit the National Archives and Records Administration.

How can I find out who my current government representatives are?

Open this map and click on your city or town to see your current elected officials. Use the green drop-down menu on the upper right corner to choose Federal, State, County, Township, or school officials.

You can view maps of your districts at Indiana Election Division – Statistics and Maps. If you have questions about your districts, you can call the Marion County Board of Voter Registration at 317-327-5042.

Marion County residents can enter an address in the Marion County Voter Portal to see closest Election Day vote centers to the address entered, confirm voter registration status, review a sample ballot, and determine who represents you in federal, state, and local offices

Indiana voters living outside of Marion County should use the state's Voter Information Web site.

Where can I find election results?

Official Marion County election results are available from the Voter Information Portal and click on “Election Night Results” or on “Historical Election Results.”. Official results from current and past elections throughout the state of Indiana are provided by the Election Division of the Indiana Secretary of State's office.

The Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives also provides Election Statistics from 1920 to 2014.

Reading Suggestions from IndyPL Staff:

Women's Suffrage for Adults
Women who have fought for women's suffrage and women's rights

The History of Women in Politics
Before Hilary Clinton there were women who have also made a name for themselves in their involvement in politics. Here are items that detail their accomplishments.

Elections and Voting for Kids: It's a Big Deal!
Learn about the United States election process, who can vote, and the history of how each has developed over the last 200+ years.

Power to the Preschoolers: Introducing Elections to Kids
Even small children can begin to understand the basic concept of voting as a method for making a group decision. The books on this list can help you give your child a first look at the election process.

Voting Matters

Leaders at the local and national level play a role in shaping our communities, and your vote is responsible for selecting those leaders. Here is a selection of resources about voting rights and how our votes matter.

The Voting Rights War

The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice

Browne-Marshall, Gloria J.

Tells the story of the ongoing struggle to achieve voting equality through 100 years of work by the NAACP at the Supreme Court.

It Occurs to Me That I Am America

New Stories and Art

Features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors--including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child--with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen"--

The Susan B. Anthony Women's Voting Rights Trial

A Headline Court Case

Peterson, Judy Monroe

Examines the efforts to gain the right for women in the United States to vote, focusing on the trial of Susan B. Anthony for illegally voting in the presidential election in 1872.