Three Ways to Vote

Vote by Mail

All Allen County registered voters must complete and submit an absentee ballot application to vote by mail. No identification is required.   You may complete an online application at the state’s Voter Portal which is delivered to us electronically.  If you prefer, request an application by emailing us at acebab@allencounty.us or call 260-449-7329.  
 
Applications for the 2022 Primary will be available in December, 2021.  The Vote by Mail application deadline for the 2022 Primary is April 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM.  Applications can be accepted online, by mail, fax or email.   
 
Voted ballots must be returned to the Election Board office by 6 PM on Election Day.  Ballots can be returned by USPS or in person to the Election Board office.
 

In order to vote absentee-by-mail, one of 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.
  • 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 Indiana National Guard deployed or on assignment in Indiana 
  • You are 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.
 
Members of the Military and Overseas voters may also be eligible to vote by mail by using the FPCA application.  
 

USPS officials advise that first class mail turnaround is five to seven days.

Voting Early in Person

Vote early from April 5, 2022 through noon May 2, 2022 at the Rousseau Centre, 1 E Main, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 during regular business hours.  Come back in March 2022 for additional information about other early voting opportunities. 

Vote on Election Day

Allen County is divided into precincts for voting.  You are assigned a precinct based on your residence (street name, house number and zip code.) If you move, you must update your residence address with Voter Registration so you will be assigned to the correct precinct.

Where do I vote on Election Day? On Election Day, you must cast your ballot at the voting location assigned to your precinct between the hours of 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM. The Election Board sends a postcard to homes with registered voters before each election to inform voters about their voting locations.  However, it is always a good practice to double check your personal registration information to verify your registered address, assigned precinct and voting location.  You can get this information from our website or by calling Voter Registration at 260-449-7154.

 

Will I need an ID to vote?  Yes. All voters in Indiana must present a photo ID at the voting location before being allowed to vote a regular ballot.  Acceptable ID must:

  • Display the voter’s photo
  • Have the voter’s name which conforms to the name on the voter’s registration (not match exactly)
  • Contain an expiration date, which must still be current or expired after the most recent general election
  • Be issued by the State of Indiana or the US Government

Some acceptable forms include the Indiana Driver’s license or ID card, some state university IDs, Military IDs, or US Passport.

Exception:  A voter who votes in person at a voting location located at a state licensed care facility who resides and is registered to vote at that facility is not required to provide proof of ID.

Voters who do not provide a valid photo ID will still be able to vote a provisional ballot.*

 

How do I mark my ballot? Instructions for marking and casting your ballot are posted in each voting location. You can also review this video for instructions on how to vote on the Infinity Voting Machine.  The pollworkers can also answer questions about how the machines work, but not about specific questions or candidates on the ballot.

 

May I receive assistance in voting? A voter with a disability or who is unable to read or write English may designate anyone to assist them, including a relative or friend, except for a voter’s employer or their union officer or representative. A voter may also be assisted by two poll workers (each of a different political party.) An affidavit must be completed BEFORE entering the booth to assist the voter.  No one who assists a voter may disclose information about how that person voted.

Your voting location will have at least one booth and voting panel that have been designated for ADA use. These booths have shorter legs with leg extenders that make them more accessible to a person seated in a wheelchair. Machines designated for ADA use will have “Double Talk” hardware which will assist visually impaired voters to hear the ballot through headphones.

 

*What is a provisional ballot? A provisional ballot is used to record a vote if a voter’s eligibility to vote is in question and the voter would otherwise not be permitted to vote at their voting location. The content of a provisional ballot is no different from a regular ballot, but it is cast “provisionally” until election officials can verify the voter’s eligibility to vote in that precinct at that election. All validly cast provisional ballots are counted in the official results in each election.