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There are four ways that you can cast an absentee ballot. They are:
  • Early Voting (Absentee In Person)
  • Absentee By Mail
  • Absentee By Traveling Board
  • Absentee For Military Personnel & Overseas Persons

 Please scroll down to review and choose the appropriate option for you.



EARLY VOTING (ABSENTEE IN PERSON)
Eligible Porter County registered voters can cast their ballot by early voting, also known as absentee in person. For more information about early voting:

CLICK HERE For Early Voting Locations, Dates & Times!




ABSENTEE BY MAIL
In order to to vote absentee by mail, one of the following conditions MUST apply:
  • 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 (6:00 AM to 6:00 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 who is 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.

If you meet the eligibility requirement(s) above, you can complete and submit an Application for Absentee Ballot By Mail form and submit it to our office. Your completed Absentee By Mail Application form MUST be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 24, 2019. You can submit your application by mail, email, fax or in person. Our mailing address, email address, fax number and office address are listed at the bottom of this page.

You can request the Application For Absentee Ballot By Mail form using any of the options below:

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT the Absentee By Mail Application Form!

CLICK HERE to SUBMIT AN ONLINE REQUEST for the Absentee By Mail Application Form!

CLICK HERE to EMAIL a request for the Absentee By Mail Application Form!

 CALL US at (219) 465-3487 to request the Absentee By Mail Application Form.




ABSENTEE BY TRAVELING BOARD
By submitting an Application For Absentee Ballot By Traveling Board, you are requesting that a bipartisan election board visit you at a designated address so that you can cast your ballot.  In order to vote absentee by traveling board, one of the following conditions MUST apply:
  • 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 in not accessible to them.
  • The voter is physically unable to complete the ballot and sign the affidavit on their own.

If you meet the eligibility requirement(s) above, you (or your designee if you have a disability and are unable to sign) can complete and submit an Application For Absentee Ballot By Traveling Board and submit it to our office. Your completed Application For Absentee Ballot By Traveling Board form MUST be RECEIVED no later than Noon on Monday, November 4, 2019. You can submit your application by mail, email, fax or in person. Our mailing address, email address, fax number and office address are listed at the bottom of this page.

You can request the Application For Absentee Ballot By Traveling Board form using any of the options below.

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT the Absentee By Traveling Board Application Form!

CLICK HERE to SUBMIT AN ONLINE REQUEST for the Absentee By Traveling Board Application Form!

CLICK HERE to EMAIL a request for the Absentee By Traveling Board Application Form!

CALL US at (219) 465-3487 to request the Absentee By Traveling Board Application Form!




ABSENTEE FOR MILITARY & OVERSEAS

WHO CAN VOTE?

You have the right to vote in an Indiana election if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You are a U.S. citizen; AND
  • You are a resident of Indiana; AND
  • You will be at least 18 years of age at the next general or municipal election; AND
  • You have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days before the election; AND
  • You are not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime; AND
  • You are registered to vote.



WHO IS A MILITARY VOTER?

A military voter, otherwise known as an “absent uniformed services voter,” is an individual serving away from his/her place of permanent residence who is also:

  • A member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or other uniformed service on active duty who, by reason of active duty, is absent from the place of residence where the member is otherwise qualified to vote.
  • A member of the Merchant Marine who, by reason of service in the Merchant Marine, is absent from the place of residence where the member is otherwise qualified to vote.
  • A member of the Indiana National Guard deployed or on assignment outside of Indiana.
  • A spouse or dependent of a member referred to above who, by reason of the active duty or service of the member, is absent from the place of residence where the spouse or dependent is otherwise qualified to vote.



WHO IS AN OVERSEAS VOTER?

An overseas voter is:

  • A person who resides outside of the United States AND who is qualified to vote in the last place in which the person was domiciled before leaving the United States.
  • A person who resides outside the United States and, but for such residence, would be qualified to vote in the last place in which the person was domiciled before leaving the United States.
  • A voter who lives abroad and no longer has a legal residence in Indiana may only vote for federal offices.



HOW DO I CAST MY VOTE?

You have four choices of methods to cast your ballot in Indiana.

  • Vote by mail: You may submit an absentee ballot application to the county of your permanent residence, and your ballot will be sent to you. The ballot must be postmarked by the date of the election and received in the office of the circuit court clerk by noon 10 days after the election to be counted.
  • Vote by email: You may receive and return your ballot through email directly through your county election office or using a program operated by the Federal Voting Assistance Program (www.FVAP.gov) of the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Vote by fax: When you fax your absentee ballot application to your county election office, you may request that an official election ballot be faxed back to you.
  • Vote in person: If your circumstances change and you are able to vote at the designated polling place for your permanent residence, then you should contact your county election office for instructions on how to proceed.



HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE AND REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?

Fill out a registration and absentee ballot Federal Post Card Application, Standard Form 76. Be certain to read the directions carefully and complete all areas of the form. This form is also available at www.FVAP.gov. (Remember, for the May 7, 2019 Primary Election you must indicate your party affiliation in Box 6 in order to vote.)



I'M NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE. WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?

In most cases, your county voter registration office must receive your registration application by April 8, 2019 (29 days before the Primary Election), or by October 7, 2019 (29 days before the Municipal Election). However, under an Indiana law, the deadline for a county voter registration office to receive a registration application from a military or overseas voter has been extended to eight days before the election (April 29, 2019 before the Primary Election, or October 28, 2019 before the Municipal Election).



WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR RETURNING MY MAILED ABSENTEE BALLOT?

Your ballot must be received in the clerk’s office in time to be added to the official election results. Your ballot will be counted as long as:

  • The absentee ballot envelope is postmarked no later than the date of the election; and
  • The absentee ballot is received no later than noon, local prevailing time, on the deadline for counting provisional ballots, May 17, 2019 (by noon 10 days after the May 7, 2019 Primary Election), or by November 15, 2019 (by noon 10 days after the November 5, 2019 Municipal Election

Need more information about Military & Overseas Voter Registration and Voting? CLICK HERE to view or download the Indiana 2019 Military And Overseas Voter Guide.

You can request a Voter Registration & Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application Form using any of the options below:

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT the Federal Post Card Application Form!

CLICK HERE to EMAIL a request for the Federal Post Card Application Form!

CALL US at (219) 465-3487 to request the Federal Post Card Application Form!





Returning Your Completed Applications
Your completed Application For Absentee By Mail, Application For Absentee By Traveling Board, or Military Or Overseas Federal Post Card Application Forms can be returned to mail, email, fax or in person as listed below.

By Email To:

By Fax To: (219) 465-3841

By Mail To: Porter County Elections & Registration, 155 Indiana Ave, Suite 105, Valparaiso IN 46383

In Person At: Porter County Elections & Registration, 155 Indiana Ave, Suite 105, Valparaiso IN 46383