Indiana Voting Records
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Online Resources[edit | edit source]
Voting Rights History[edit | edit source]
- By 1856: Universal white male suffrage
- 1870: The 15th Amendment is passed and prohibits restricting suffrage based on race
- 1896: Women are given the right to vote
From 1912 to 1926, Indiana had a voter registration system for both primary and general elections. The County Auditor was custodian of the voter registration books that were created for each voting precinct. Until 1920, aliens who had filed their declaration of intention could vote in Indiana; detailed proof was required. Separate registration books were also kept for women after they were given the right to vote in 1920. Few of these registration books and application papers survive, although Franklin County has a nearly complete set, and many exist in Warren County. These remain in the courthouse. In 1933 the Clerk of the Circuit Court began registering voters; these records do not provide birth dates and citizenship data as the earlier records do.
What Can be Found in the Records[edit | edit source]
For more information about how Voter Records can help your genealogical research see United States Voting Records.
Voting records often contain:
- Birth place
- Years living in city, county, state
- Whether naturalized, date, court
How to Find Voter Records[edit | edit source]
Most voter records were kept on the county level (for New England states this should be town level). To see what FamilySearch has for your county (town) of research follow these steps:
- Go to the FamilySearch Catalog and in the place field type in Indiana
- Go to United States, Indiana
- Once there, click on "Places within United States, Indiana"
- Select the county that contains your town of interest
- If FamilySearch has voter records for your county, they will be under "Voting Registers"
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Timeline of voting rights in the United States," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_voting_rights_in_the_United_States, accessed 2 February 2020.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Black suffrage," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia," https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_suffrage#United_States, accessed 2 February 2020.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Women's suffrage in the United States," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia," https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_suffrage_in_the_United_States, accessed 2 February 2020.