County looks to add more sites for early voting


More voters than expected have turned out for early voting, so the Dubois County Election Board is considering adding more voting opportunities to the early voting schedule.

So far, 1,082 people in the county have voted since early voting started Wednesday.

“We’ve had a much better turnout than expected,” County Clerk Bridgette Jarboe said. “Yesterday [Monday], 305 people went through.”

In 2014, which was the last midterm election, the daily average of voters was less than 50 people, she noted.

The election board determined at a meeting this morning that early voting at the 35th Street Fire Station in Jasper could start next week, which is a week earlier than planned. Jarboe will check to make sure the station, at 118 35th St., is available. Dubois County Democrats Chairman Joe Huddleston and Dubois County Republicans Chairman Mark Messmer said they will seek workers to man the site.

If that all falls in place, the fire station will be open for early voting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday of next week.

The board also planned to open the Dubois County Courthouse Annex voting site this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The chairmen will make sure they can have staff manning the site at 602 Main St. that additional day.

Currently, early voting is on the first floor of the courthouse annex from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. It is also open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 3, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 5.

The 35th Street Fire Station is already set for early voting between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, through Friday, Nov. 2, and between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 3. Voters can cast a ballot at the Huntingburg Event Center, 200 E. 14th St., Ferdinand Library, 112 E. 16th St., Dubois Library, 5506 E. Main St., or Birdseye Fire Station, 9 W. First St. on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 3, between 8 a.m. and noon.

Voting sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in various communities on a select day. Those locations are the St. Henry Fire Station, 1211 W. County Road 1100S, on Monday, Oct. 29; Haysville Fire Station, 177 W. State Road 56, on Tuesday, Oct. 30; Schnellville Fire Station, 8090 E. Schnellville Road, on Wednesday Oct. 31; Dubois Library on Thursday, Nov. 1; and Birdseye Fire Station on Friday Nov. 2.

Any registered voter in Dubois County can vote at any early voting location in the county. The voter will need his or her photo identification to cast a ballot.

The contested races on the General Election ballot are:

• U.S. Senator: Democrat Joseph S. Donnelly, Libertarian Lucy M. Brenton and Republican Mike Braun

• U.S. Representative District 8: Democrat William Tanoos and Republican Larry Bucshon

• State Senate District 47: Democrat Nick Siler and Republican Erin Houchin

• State Representative District 63: Democrat Joseph Lannan and Republican Shane Lindauer

• State Representative District 74: Democrat Larry K. Kleeman and Republican Stephen Bartels

• Secretary of State: Democrat Jim Harper, Libertarian Mark W. Rutherford and Republican Connie Lawson

• State Auditor: Democrat Joselyn Whitticker, Libertarian John Schick and Republican Tera Klutz

• State Treasurer: Democrat John C. Aguilera, Republican Kelly Mitchell

• Dubois County Council District 2: Democrat Mary E. “Becky” Beckman and Republican Darren Patterson

• Dubois County Council District 3: Democrat Deborah Major and Republican Charmian Klem

• Dubois County Assessor: Democrat Angela “Angie” Giesler and Republican Eve Drew

• Dubois County Clerk: Democrat Kiersten Knies and Republican Amy L. Kippenbrock

• Dubois County Recorder: Democrat Gail Hasenour Reutman and Republican Jaclyn Messmer McPherron

• Dubois County Sheriff: Democrat Tim Lampert and Republican Tom Kleinhelter

• Cass Township Advisory Board (three seats): Democrats Lee Bilderback, Steve Eckert and Lisa Matthews and Republican Randy Boehm

• Madison Township Trustee: Democrat Bret Collignon and Republican Scott Blazey

• Patoka Township Trustee: Independent Jeff Summers and Republican Donald J. Astrike

• Birdseye Town Council (three seats): Democrats Mary Ann Cummings, Lisa Huff and Roy Partenheimer and Republican Bret Eckert

• Greater Jasper School Board District 1: Ken Schnaus and Jimmy Corbin (non-partisan candidates)

• Southwest Dubois School Board District 3: Jason Heile and Belinda Lange (non-partisan candidates)

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