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ACLU Launches Yes! You Can Vote Campaign

ACLU | Published on 9/14/2020



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Make your voice heard by exercising your right to vote this November.


  • October 5, 2020 - Deadline to register.
  • October 22, 2020 - Application deadline for absentee ballot. Absentee ballots must be returned by November 3 at noon.
  • Novemeber 3, 2020 - ELECTION DAY! 



To vote in Indiana, an individual must be a citizen of the U.S. who will be least 18 years of age at the time of the next general, municipal or special election. The voter must have resided in their precinct for 30 days prior to the next general, municipal or special election.

There are many misconceptions surrounding who can and cannot vote in the state of Indiana, leading to suppressed voter turnout for certain groups that do have the right to vote.

People who have been Previously Incarcerated

Voting rights are restored upon release from jail or prison. People who have been previously incarcerated should check their registration, and re-register to vote if it has been canceled. Individuals on parole, probation, home detention, or people who are in jail awaiting trial can vote. People who are in a community corrections program, such as work release or electronic monitoring, can vote. Learn more and view corresponding Indiana code.

Transgender People

Transgender people can vote, even if their gender does not match what is listed on their government issued ID. Transgender people must be registered with the name that is listed on their government issued ID. Full list of accepted photo ID forms below.

Recently Naturalized Citizens

Recently naturalized Americans have the same voting rights as someone who was born in the U.S. Visit our Know Your Rights Page to learn more. Recursos en Español: 


College students have a right to register and vote in the place they truly consider to be “home” — whether their dorm room, apartment or parents’ house. High school students who will turn 18 by the next General or Municipal Election, may register to vote before the registration deadline even if they have not yet turned 18. 

Individuals with Disabilities 

Each polling place in the state of Indiana must have at least one accessible voting machine and each location must be physically accessible.Voters that require assistance may designate a relative or friend to assist them at the polling place, or receive assistance from one of two poll workers who have completed the Affidavit of Voter Assistance at the Polls.


Accepted photo identification is as follows:

  • State of Indiana identification with the voter’s name, photograph, and an expiration date that is current or expired after the most recent general election

  • U.S. government identification that meets the above criteria

  • Student ID from a public institution in Indiana that meets the above criteria

  • Military ID (need not include an expiration date)

Voters may also submit an application for a free photo ID at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The Secretary of State provides further information


We will soon be featuring information from our community partners on how to get plugged in with their volunteer opportunities on and leading up to Election Day. These activities will range from phone and text banking, postcard writing, and in-person tasks for those who feel safe participating. 

To be connected to these efforts and other ACLU volunteer opportunities please fill out our Volunteer Sign-Up Form.