Absentee Voting Information

Absentee (Early) Voting


You are eligible to vote absentee if you are a registered voter in Indiana. In Municipal Election years, you must reside within city/town limits to be eligible to vote.

In Person


Absentee is opened 28 days before the Primary or General Elections. Offices are open Monday through Friday, 8a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for holidays. The offices are also open two Saturdays before Election Day. Absentee voting ends at noon the day before (Monday) an election day.

Locations


Absentee or early voting takes place in Southbend:
  • Lobby of the County City Building
    227 W Jefferson Boulevard
    South Bend, IN
Absentee or early voting takes place in Mishawaka:
  • Lobby of the County Services Annex
    219 Lincoln Way West
    Mishawaka, IN

By Mail


Vote by mail by requesting an absentee ballot application, complete it and return it by mail or fax. Your ballot will be mailed to you not sooner than 20 days and not later than eight days before the election. To vote absentee by mail, one of the following must apply:
  • Eligible to vote under the "fail-safe" procedures
  • You are a member of the military or a public safety officer
  • You are a participant in the state's address confidentiality program
  • You are at least 65 years of age
  • You are prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the 12 hour polling period
  • You are scheduled to work at your place of employment during the 12 hour period the polls are open
  • You are working a polling place outside of your voting precinct
  • You have a disability
  • You will be absent from the county on Election Day
  • You will be confined due to illness or injury or you are caring for an individual that is confined during the 12 hours that the polls are open
  • A "serious sex offender" IC 35-42-4-14(a)
  • Unavailability of transportation to the polls

Mail To
You may complete an Absentee Ballot Application and mail it to:
  • St. Joseph County Election Board
    101 S Main Street
    South Bend, IN 46601
Note
Voters voting absentee by mail are not required to show photo identification.

Vote by Traveling Board


Vote by Traveling Board by filling out an absentee ballot application and indicate you would like to have a travel board come to your residence to vote your ballot. The Traveling Board supervisor will call and schedule a time for their visit.

Military & Overseas Absentee Voting

Military

Absentee


A military or "absent uniformed services" voter is an individual serving away from his/her place of permanent residence that 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 whom, 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
See IC 3-5-2-1.5 for definition of "absent uniformed service voter."

Military Voting Assistance

Federal Voting Assistance Program

Overseas Absentee


  • 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
See IC 3-5-2-34.5 for definition of “overseas voter.”

Note
A voter who lives abroad and no longer has a legal residence in Indiana may only vote for federal offices.