Clerk's office accepting absentee ballot applications


As of Monday afternoon, 188 voters had applied for an absentee ballot for the fall election.

“It’s picking up” Dubois County Clerk Amy Kippenbrock said. “It feels like we’re getting a few more each day.”

Ballots will start to go out Sept. 19. “That’s when state stipulates that ballots must start to go out,” Kippenbrock said.

After that date, ballots will be sent out daily, as soon as the clerk’s office receives the application.

“If you request to vote by mail any time after Sept. 19, we must mail your ballot the same day we receive your application,” Kippenbrock told the Dubois County Election Board last week.

Those requesting a ballot must be mindful of the difference between making the request for the general election this fall and the primary election this past spring.

In the spring, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb stipulated in a state order that voters would not be required to state on the application a reason they need to vote absentee. The order was done because the state had to adjust election plans due to COVID-19. The primary election was postponed a month, to June 2.

Such an order has not yet been made for the November election.

“So when you fill out your application,” Kippenbrock said, “you must check mark a reason on that list.”

That has not been a problem so far; voters have been check marking a reason on their applications, she said.

Voters can contact the clerk’s office, 812-481-7035, or go online at to get an application. Voters can also fill out and submit their application online by going to the same website and signing in with their voter information.

Applications requesting an absentee ballot must be in the clerk’s office by Oct. 22. Mail-in ballots are due to be returned to the clerk’s office by noon on Nov. 3.

The clerk’s office is also taking filings from people who are running for seats on the Greater Jasper, Southwest Dubois and Southeast Dubois school boards. There are three seats on the Greater Jasper board, three on the Southeast board, and two seats on the Southwest board on November’s ballot. The seats are nonpartisan. The deadline to file is noon on Friday, Aug. 21.

Seats on the Northeast Dubois school board are appointed positions, and are not on the ballot.

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