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‘Did they register my ballot?’; Early, absentee voters can check to confirm

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Early voting in person and through the use of absentee mail-in ballots is happening in greater numbers this year -- driven by high levels of engagement and concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In Indiana, those who are taking advantage of those voting processes can confirm that their votes have indeed been counted.

Indiana residents can access their "Voter Portal" from indianavoters.in.gov and can then check the status of their early voting ballot.

The State's online voter portal allows individuals to log in -- by entering their name, date of birth and county of residence -- and check the status of their ballot.

ABC21 put the system to the test.

After filing an in-person early ballot at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Monday, a member of the ABC21 news team logged into the system -- 24 hours later -- for an update.

The "IndianaVoters.gov" website shows the ballot (marked as "absentee-in person") was received on Oct. 12, 2020, and approved.

If there is a problem or concern, voters can access a phone number for their county elections office by clicking on the "Contact Information" bar in the upper left hand corner of the screen.

Election boards may reissue a ballot and address concerns that are reported prior to election day.

The Voter Portal page also includes the application required for a mail-in ballot and information on polling places and hours, as well as the candidates and issues that will appear on each person's ballot.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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