Voter Registration Information

The Higher Education Act requires that all higher education institutions make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration information to students. Voting is an important responsibility of civic life. We encourage all students that are U.S. citizens to register and vote.

Registering to Vote in Indiana

You have the right to vote in Indiana if:

  • You are both a citizen of the U.S. and Indiana; and
  • You will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next General or Municipal election; and
  • You are not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime; and
  • You have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election; and
  • You are registered to vote.

How to Register

Register to vote online by visiting Indiana residents with a valid Indiana driver's license or Indiana state-issued identification card from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be able to use this tool to submit a new voter registration application or to update an existing voter registration record.

Indiana residents that do not have a state-issued driver's license or ID must register by mail or in-person by completing the Voter Registration Form available at The Voter Registration Office in Terre Haute is located on the second floor of the Vigo County Courthouse.

First-time Indiana voters that register by mail will be required to present documentation of their current address on Election Day. Acceptable documents include:

  1. Indiana Driver's License or Indiana State Identification Card, with the voter’s current name and address
  2. Any current and valid photo ID that contains the voter's current name and address
  3. A current utility bill, with the voter's current name and address
  4. A bank statement, with the voter's current name and address
  5. Government check with the voter's current name and address
  6. Paycheck with the voter's current name and address
  7. Other government document that shows voter's current name and address

Your student ID does not include your school address. If your Indiana Driver's License or Indiana State Identification card shows an address other than your school address, you will need to bring some other type of verification of your current (school) address.

Special Information for Students

Indiana law requires that a registered voter must state their permanent address. That address may be the address that you travelled from to attend school OR your Terre Haute address. You cannot be denied the right to register to vote or vote on the basis that you are a college student and your voter's address is a residence hall or other campus-owned housing. More information for college students is available at

If you are registered to vote in your hometown, but wish to vote in Terre Haute you must complete a new Voter Registration Form prior to the deadline for voter registration which is always 29 days before the next election.

If you wish to vote in your hometown but cannot travel there to do so, you can apply to vote absentee. The deadline for absentee by-mail applications to be received is 8 days prior to the election. Additional information about voting absentee is available at

Provisional Ballots

If there is a question at the polls about your qualification to vote you can and should ask for a provisional ballot. After Election Day, the county election board will decide whether or not you were qualified to vote in that precinct.

Verifying Your Registration

The State of Indiana maintains a statewide voter registration system that you can access to determine if and where you are registered to vote. This information is available on the Statewide Voter Registration System web site.

Voting in States Other than Indiana

Students that wish to register to vote in a state other than Indiana can find information on that state's website. Information about registering in each of the states is available through the United States Election Assistance Commission at

Last updated: 25 September 2014

The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the Catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time. The right to correct errors is also reserved.