How does voting by political party work in Indiana?

Mar 27, 2024

Indiana does not restrict voters by partisan affiliations during primary elections. The state uses an “open primary” system, meaning every voter may select either a Democratic or Republican ballot. 

In odd years, voters participate in a municipal primary election for local offices such as mayor or city council. In even years, state and federal leaders are selected. 

Primaries allow voters to select who will represent each political party in the general election. Third parties, such as the Libertarian Party of Indiana, select their own nominees for the general election. 

General election ballots are the same for all voters, who may select whomever they wish from whichever political party. 
You may check your registration status by visiting the state’s online voter portal.

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