Indiana Resources for Voters with Disabilities

What are my rights as a voter with a disability in Indiana?

In Indiana, you have the right to: 

  • Timely register to vote
  • Vote at your polling place
  • Not be discriminated against on the basis of your disability
  • Use an operational electronic voting system to cast your ballot
  • Bring your service animal to the polling place
  • Vote privately and independently or with assistance, if needed,
  • Receive assistance from a willing person of your choice (other than your boss or union representative)
    • If you want assistance but do not have a specific person to help you, two poll workers, one from each party, will assist you
    • Any person assisting you to vote (including the judges) must complete an Affidavit of Voter Assistance at the Polls (PRE-3) BEFORE assisting
  • Vote by absentee ballot if you have a disability that prevents you from voting in person on Election Day
  • File a complaint about voting accessibility or other violation

A copy of Indiana’s Voter Bill of Rights can be found in English and Spanish.

Who can register to vote?

To register to vote in Indiana, you must be: 

  • A citizen of the United States of America
  • 18 years of age OR 17 years of age and have your 18th birthday on or before Election Day
  • A resident of both Indiana and your voting precinct for at least 30 days

You may still register to vote if you are:

  • a student
  • unhoused
  • a survivor of intimate partner violence
  • a person with a disability
  • a person with a guardian
  • a person who was formerly incarcerated

In Indiana, you may not register or vote if:

  • a judge has ruled that you may not vote
  • you are currently incarcerated for a felony conviction. You are eligible to vote while on parole or probation
  • you claim the right to vote elsewhere
What are my rights when registering to vote?

Agencies that provide public assistance and state-funded programs serving people with disabilities promote the right to vote and support voter registration. Agency responsibilities include:

  • offering voter registration forms to public assistance applicants and beneficiaries 
  • assisting individuals to complete the forms
  • sending completed forms to the appropriate election official
  • ensuring that voter registration is generally accessible 
What are the different ways to vote in Indiana?
  • In person on Election Day
    • Some counties assign polling locations by precinct, while others have vote centers
       
  • Absentee 
    • By mail 
      • Voters must submit a completed absentee ballot request form to their local election official by a deadline to use this voting method
      • The application is also available in Spanish.
    • In person
      • Voters must submit a completed in-person absentee ballot request form and submit it to their local election official by a deadline to use this voting method
      • The in-person absentee request form is not available online. Please contact your local election official for this form and bring a valid ID to the polling location.
         
  • By email or fax, only if the voter has a print disability
    • Voters must complete an application and submit it to their local election official prior to the election to use this voting method. It can be accessed by logging into the Indiana Voter Portal and clicking the link to "Voter With Print Disabilities." Alternatively, a voter can complete and submit a PDF version of the form.
       
  • Provisional ballot at a polling place
What are the ways to request an Absentee Ballot in Indiana?

To vote absentee by mail, a voter can complete the online request for which is available online. 

To vote absentee in person, a voter should contact their local election official for details

How is the Indiana mail-in or absentee ballot process made accessible for voters with print disabilities?

Indiana has a Combined Voter Registration and Absentee Form for those with print disabilities. Voters with print disabilities are not required to use this form to register to vote, nor to request an absentee ballot. Contact your local election official if you have questions.

What accommodations are available for voters with disabilities at polling locations in Indiana?

Federal law requires polling places to meet minimum compliance standards for voters with disabilities. If you want to check that your polling location meets these standards or find an alternative polling location, contact your local election official.

What are the rules of assistance for disabled voters in Indiana?
  • Hoosier voters with disabilities may obtain assistance from a poll worker or a person of the voter's choice who is not the voter's:  
    • employer, or an agent of your employer
    • union officer or representative
       
  • A poll worker cannot force a voter with a disability to accept assistance.
How can I prepare to use accessible voting equipment in Indiana prior to Election Day?

For more information or assistance regarding accessible voting equipment, please contact your local election office.

Who do I contact if I have problems when voting in Indiana?

If you have a problem while exercising your right to vote, you can:

  • Call the toll-free number at 866-IN1-VOTE (866-461-8683). Help America Vote Act staff will be on hand to answer the calls from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM EDT on Election Day and 8:00-4:30 on regular business days.
  • Call or text the Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) to speak to a trained volunteer.
  • Contact your local Elections Administrator.

You can also fill out a Violation of Civil Rights Complaint Form and submit it to the US Department of Justice by one of the following methods:

  • Online form’s submission is the fastest method
  • Fax the completed form to  (202) 616-9881. You MUST include “ATTN: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Complaints" at the top of your fax submission to ensure correct processing.
  • Mailing your completed form to: 

                 U.S. Department of Justice
                 Office of the Inspector General Investigations Division
                 ATTN: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Complaints
                 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
                 Washington, DC 20530

For additional assistance, The National Network of ADA Centers can provide local contact information for other organizations you may wish to contact, including your Regional ADA Center or ADA Knowledge Translation Center, or Federal Agencies and Resources.