What, When, and Where for Voting During these Crazy Times (the Why is All You, Friend)
As we've seen recently in other states [*], some people work hard to affect elections by making it difficult for people who disagree with them to vote. These some people have made up stories linking voting by mail to voter fraud even though there is no evidence to support those stories. We firmly believe that EVERY VOTE SHOULD COUNT, and we're bewildered that's even a political stance at all. It seems that the very essence of the United States of America is that, with some sensible (read: not racist) rules, all citizens should be able to cast their ballot no matter their socioeconomic status, the color of their skin, their gender, where they live, who they love, or what deity they do or don't pray to.
We want to make sure that everyone knows how to go about voting and the important dates and deadlines for voting. Please reach out if you have any questions. We're not experts on voting and the law - we specialize in finding and sharing cute, fun, beautiful, human-made, educational, silly, one-of-a-kind, inspirational products that celebrate individuals, diversity, fun, acceptance, tolerance, humanity, creativity, life, and the loving. But not being experts won't stop us from fighting for everyone's right to vote in any way we can. So please let us know if we can help you.
Important Voter Dates
- December 2, 2019 Voter Registration Began
- May 4, 2020 Voter Registration Ends
- Thursday, May 21, 2020: Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to vote by mail
- June 2, 2020 Primary Election Day (delayed from original date due to COVID-19 pandemic)
- October 5, 2020 Voter Registration Ends
- November 3, 2020 General Election Day
Who Can Vote?
- You are both a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana; and
- You will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next General or Municipal Election, and
- You are not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime; and
- You have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election; and
- You are registered to vote.
Are You Registered?
- If yes: "Go You!"
- If no: You Can Still Register to Vote Online! Here's how:
Register to vote online. Indiana residents with a valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana state-issued identification card will be able to use this tool to submit a new voter registration application or to update an existing voter registration record.
In addition to registering to vote online, the link (http://www.indianavoters.com/) provides Hoosiers with the ability to validate their voter registration status, find their polling place location, look into their provisional ballot status information, find county contact information, and determine “Who's on My Ballot?” for an upcoming election.
Can You Vote Absentee Ballot for the 2020 Primary Election?
All voters will be allowed to vote by mail, but you must request an absentee ballot to do so. Just for fun, let's repeat that! All voters will be allowed to vote by mail, but you must request an absentee ballot to do so.
- All voters may choose to cast a ballot by mail in the upcoming June 2, 2020 Primary Election.
- To request an absentee-by-mail ballot, please complete the Absentee Ballot Request Form and return it to your county election officials.
- The deadline to return the form is May 21, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. local time.
How do You Vote by Mail (aka Absentee)?
- To vote by mail in the 2020 Indiana Primary Election, a registered voter must obtain, complete and submit a request with this form.
- La solicitud de voto por correo está aquí. Para esta elección, no necesita una razón para votar en ausencia por correo. Puedes dejar esta parte en blanco.
- Completed ballot request forms must be received by your county election board by 11:59 PM on Thursday, May 21, 2020. [Contact information for all 92 county election boards can be found on the last page of the request form, or here.]
- Again for the people in the back: All voters will be allowed to vote by mail, but you must request an absentee ballot to do so.
* Looking at you, Wisconsin, whilst jumping up and down and cheering for the heroes who risked their health to stand in line for hours to cast ballots. Also giving the finger to the villains who wouldn't allow an extension on voting for the pandemic.