Voting by Mail or Absentee Voting is available to all Hoosier voters.
You can request an absentee ballot anytime between June 17 and October 22, 2020. Your application must be received by the Board of Election on or between these dates. Post marking your application doesn't count. If you are requesting anytime after October 1, it's best to call.
- Request an absentee ballot on-line (Select "Visit My Voter Portal" button)
- Request an absentee ballot by calling the Tippecaneo Board of Elections - 765-423-9303 or email electionboard [at] tippecanoe.in.gov
Background and Specifics
Indiana requires that you must provide a reason why you wish to vote absentee. During the Covid-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020 the state election board moved to "no-excuse" absentee voting. For the November 2020 election, the state election board has decided not to offer this option.
If you voted absentee last election, you still have to apply for a new absentee ballot for the coming November 2020 election. Past applications don't carry-forward.
To vote absentee, you would need to declare one or more of these to be true (to the best of your knowledge on the day that you fill out the form):
Can My Request be Denied?
Indiana law allows that your application may be challenged but it must be done in a very specific way and is relatively rare in Tippecanoe county. From the Election Handbook:
A county election board member or absentee ballot voter board member may challenge an absentee ballot application by filing an affidavit. The Indiana Election Division prescribes the form of the affidavit (ABS-20). The affidavit must contain a brief statement of the facts indicating that:
1) the applicant is not a voter of the precinct according to the voter registration record;
2) the application contains a false statement; or
3) the application has not been properly executed or filed in accordance with state or federal law.
If the absentee voter board member or county election board member files a challenge affidavit (ABS-20) and the two absentee board members cannot agree on whether to approve or deny the application, the absentee voter board members shall refer the application to the county election board for determination. If someone calls you or attempts to challenge your request for an absentee ballot we recommend you request a copy of the completed ABS-20 form.
When Will I Get My Ballot?
The date a county election board begins mailing absentee ballots is important. After the initial push of mailing ballots out to absentee applications on file, a county must transmit an absentee ballot on the day of the receipt of the application. However, if a voter’s absentee application is challenged or the voter’s registration is in pending status, then the ballot may not be sent until the challenge is resolved or the voter’s registration status becomes active.
Tippecanoe County started sending out ballots for the November election on September 19, 2020.