Voter Information

We want this page to serve as a one-stop shop for all the things you may want to know about voting in St. Joseph County.

How are you going to vote?

HOW DO I VOTE ABSENTEE-BY-MAIL?

Any St. Joseph County registered voter interested in voting by mail must complete and submit an Application for Absentee Ballot.

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY ABSENTEE-BY-MAIL APPLICATION?

Online - Online Application

By Mail - Complete the Application for Absentee Ballot By Mail, print, sign and return to the St. Joseph County Circuit Court Clerk’s office by mail or to absenteevoting@sjcindiana.com. If returning by mail, send to your completed ABS-MAIL to St. Joseph County Election Board, 101 S. Main Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601.

IN ORDER TO VOTE ABSENTEE-BY-MAIL THE FOLLOWING 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 am until 6 pm).

  • You have a disability.

  • You are at least 65 years of age.

  • You will have official election duties outside of your voting precinct. Note: This does not apply to St. Joseph County poll workers working at a St. Joseph County Vote Center on Election Day, because the poll worker may vote at the Vote Center in which they are working.

  • 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 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 voter eligible to vote under the "fail-safe" procedures in IC 3-10-11 or 3-10-12 (changed residence before an election).

  • 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 DO NOT COMPLETE THE ABSENTEE APPLICATION WITH THE REQUIRED INFORMATION, IT WILL NOT BE PROCESSED AND YOU WILL NEED TO RE-SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.  PLEASE DO NOT INSERT REASONS LIKE “COVID” ON YOUR APPLICATION. NOTE: COVID IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE EXCUSE UNDER CURRENT INDIANA LAW TO VOTE ABSENTEE BY MAIL.

HOW DO I RETURN MY ABSENTEE-BY-MAIL BALLOT?

By Mail - A first class, postage pre-paid envelope is included in your absentee ballot packet.

Hand Deliver - If you wish to hand-deliver your absentee ballot, it must be received in the St. Joseph County Clerk’s office (Basement of Court House), 101 S. Main Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601.

No later than NOON on November 3rd, a Voter may Hand Deliver their Absentee-By-Mail Ballot to the St. Joseph County Clerk’s office (Basement of Court House), 101 S. Main Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601 (On Election Day, enter the Lafayette door entrance to the St. Joseph County Courthouse); OR

A Voter may also hand deliver their Absentee-By-Mail Ballot to an election worker during the hours of In-Person Absentee Voting (See Hours and Locations listed below under In-Person Absentee Voting)

Certain individuals other than the Voter may return the Voter’s Absentee-By-Mail Ballot. The following individuals may return the Voter’s Absentee-By-Mail Ballot:

  • Member of the Voter’s household;

  • Voter’s Attorney in fact;

  • U.S. postal worker; or 

  • Bonded courier

If the individual falls into any category listed above, this person will need to fill out, sign, and submit an ABS-19 form at the time the individual hand delivers the Voter’s Absentee-By-Mail Ballot.  

For more information on Absentee-By-Mail voting in Indiana, visit https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm or call (574) 235-1812.

Important Resources:

Indiana's official online portal for voter registration and information.

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St. Joseph County.