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Indiana

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Vote at Home Score

2020 General Election

Turnout rate (VEP)

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Votes cast from mailed-out ballots

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2016 General Election

Turnout rate (VEP)

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Votes cast from mailed out ballots

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State election policies as of 2022...

Full Vote-at-Home

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Full Vote-at-Home

Voter automatically mailed ballot for every election

No Excuse Required

1/6

No Excuse Required

No excuse to vote from home

Single Sign-Up

0/6

Single Sign-Up

Voter signs up once to receive mail ballot for all future elections

Local Vote-at-Home Option

0/5

Local VAH Option

Local governments have discretion to conduct full vote-at-home elections

Online Mail Ballot Sign-Up

2/2

Online Mail Ballot Sign-Up

Voter can apply for mail ballot online

Ballot Tracking

1/4

Ballot Tracking

Voter can receive ballot status notifications.

In-Person Ballot Return

0/5

In-Person Ballot Return

Voter has multiple options to return mail ballot in person

Signature Verification

4/5

Signature Verification

Voter signature verified before ballot is counted

Ballot Cure Process

4/4

Ballot Cure Process

Voter can correct issues so ballot can be counted

Prepaid Postage

4/4

Prepaid Postage

Postage-paid return envelopes provided

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

0/4

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

Ballots postmarked by Election Day are accepted

In-Person Voting

2/4

In-Person Return

Physical locations for voters to vote and receive assistance

Pre-Processing

0/3

Signature Verification

Ballots are verified and scanned before Election Day

Mail Ballot Applications

2/2

Mail Ballot Applications

Election officials can mail ballot applications to all voters eligible to vote from home

Ballot Return Assistance

1/2

Ballot Return Assistance

Voters may receive assistance to return their mail ballot

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Opportunities

By passing legislation to allow voters to vote by mail ballot without needing an excuse (like the state was able to successfully do in the 2020 primaries), Indiana can give their citizens the opportunity to vote in whichever manner they find safest and most convenient. Additionally, an increase in mail ballots often means a decrease in both lines and costs.
Indiana can reduce costs and increase voter convenience by creating a permanent absentee option, where voters can sign up to automatically be sent an absentee ballot for each election without having to re-apply, to all voters. States experience significant savings with these lists; on average, states save $1 for every request they no longer need to process.
Indiana can increase voter confidence by allowing voters to track their ballot much like an Amazon package by improving its current ballot tracking system. Advanced ballot tracking systems can proactively notify voters when their ballot takes a new step in the path from being sent to them to finally being counted (or rejected). If a ballot is rejected, these ballot tracking tools can be used as another method to contact voters if there is a signature mismatch or deficiency on their return envelope.
Offering secure drop boxes as another method for voters to return ballots are a cost-effective way to reduce strain on the postal system, and are sometimes a preferred method by voters who want an extra bit of reassurance that their ballot makes it to the elections office on time. We highly recommend including provisions to allow for ballots to be received at polling places, vote centers, as well as other locations deemed necessary by the clerk.
Accepting ballots with Election Day postmarks received shortly after election day is a best practice to ensure that voters are given all options to vote their ballot in a timely manner, and one that Indiana already partially follows: Indiana already offers postmark acceptance for military and overseas voters. Accepting Election Day postmarks is estimated in most jurisdictions to decrease ballot rejection rates by half.

Recent Legislation

As of May 24, 2021

In response to the pandemic, the Indiana Election Commission allowed all Hoosiers to vote by mail in the summer primary of 2020. However, this was not extended to the general election, making Indiana one of only five states to not offer voting by mail without an excuse in the general election. Later in the year, a court ordered the state to create a cure process, where election officials give voters the chance to fix any correctable errors that would cause their ballots to be rejected.
In 2021, Indiana made a variety of changes to its election laws, including its new cure process permanent as well as adding a variety of technical improvements. Among these were:

This bill codified into law the cure process it was ordered to have in 2020 and requires that all votes cast have a voter verified paper trail (among other things).

This bill gave some counties more time to preprocess ballots (among other things).

This bill gave counties the option to allow clerks to add an early voting location for half of one particular day.

This bill makes a variety of technical changes relating to counting, electronic pollbooks, and other procedures.