Frequently asked Election Day questions

When can I vote?

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Can I use a paper ballot?

Under state law, the county is not required to provide paper ballots since Johnson County uses voting machines. Paper ballots will only be available for voters casting a provisional ballot on Election Day.

When do the polls close?

Polls close at 6 p.m., but state law requires that if a voter is in line by 6 p.m., they will be allowed to vote. The end of the line will be marked at 6 p.m.

How do the voting machines work?

The county’s voting machines will not transmit your voting information through the internet. That information is stored within the machine, which is transferred to a card after voting closes, then taken to the Johnson County Courthouse and processed and counted by election officials.

Can I vote straight-party?

No, this choice does not apply in the primary election. Voters are required to choose a party and only candidates from either the Republican or Democratic party will appear on the ballot.

What if I’m told I can’t vote?

All Johnson County voters are eligible to vote in this election. If you are not registered, you will not be able to vote. The voter registration deadline has passed.

What can’t I bring to the polls?

Voters cannot bring election signs, T-shirts, pins or other electioneering items into polling sites.

What can I bring?

You’ll need a photo ID issued by the state or federal government to cast a ballot. In most cases, an Indiana driver’s license, Indiana photo ID card, U.S. passport or military ID is sufficient.

What if the line I am in is long?

With multiple vote centers open, other nearby locations may have a shorter wait. Ask poll workers if they know of any nearby vote centers with a shorter wait time. Poll workers at any polling site are now able to see live wait times at all vote centers.

What if I can’t stand for a long period of time?

Poll workers are trained to help elderly voters and residents with disabilities. If you are unable to stand for the entire wait, ask a poll worker if there is a chair you can sit in while you wait.

Can I have my phone with me?

Under Indiana law, you can use your cell phone and other electronic devices at the polls. This is only if you do not try to sway other voters inside the polling place to vote for the candidates you chose, and as long as loud, disruptive conversations do not occur.

If you hear or see suspicious activity

Notify a poll worker immediately. Poll workers have been instructed to call 911 rather than handle situations themselves.

Need an ID?

License branches will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and will prioritize processing ID cards, driver’s licenses, learner’s permits and CDLs that do not require testing for use as identification at a polling place. Appointments are not required, but service will be limited.

To get an ID, you will need:

» Proof of identity document, such as a birth certificate or passport.

» Proof of lawful status, such as a birth certificate or passport.

» Proof of residency, which is two documents such as a voter registration card, utility bill or bank statement.

» Proof of Social Security document, such as a Social Security card, pay stub or W-2.

Need more info?

Voters can visit the Indiana Secretary of State’s voter information portal at to find information on whether they are registered to vote and the state voter identification law. Voters also can call the state’s hotline from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 866-461-8683 to ask questions and report election fraud or accessibility issues.

The Secretary of State also has set up a feature called Who’s on The Ballot on, where voters can find out information about what offices will be on their ballots.