County prepares for early, absentee voting

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

Registered Dubois County voters will start voting in the primary election in about two weeks.

Early voting locations open on April 10.

The main absentee voting location has moved this year, from the county courthouse to the Dubois County Courthouse Annex, 602 Main St., Jasper. The Dubois County Council’s chamber, on the first floor of the annex, will be converted into the absentee voting room.

The Dubois County Election Board decided to change the location this year because the council room is easier for people to access than the room it used to be held in on the third floor of the courthouse. People had to take the steps or elevator to the third floor and walk down the long hallway to get to the voting room. With this new arrangement, voters walk through the front door of the annex and the voting room is directly in front of them.

In addition to voting in the annex, voters will have the option of voting at several locations throughout the county, for their convenience.

“You don’t have to vote in your precinct location during early voting,” County Clerk Bridgette Jarboe said.

On two Saturdays, April 28 and May 5, a voter can cast a ballot at the Dubois Library, Ferdinand Library, Huntingburg Event Center or the 35th Street Fire Station in Jasper.

A voter can also choose to wait until the week before the May 8 Election Day to cast a ballot at other locations. The 35th Street Fire Station will be open for voting from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 4. Other voting locations that week include the St. Henry Fire Station on Monday, April 30, the Haysville Fire Station on Tuesday, May 1, the Schnellville Fire Station on Wednesday, May 2, the Dubois Library on Thursday, May 3, and the Birdseye Fire Station on Friday, May 4.

Voters must show photo identification to cast a ballot.

Since this is the primary election, voters will pick a party ballot and vote for candidates on that ballot only.

Republican voters will choose a candidate to run for U.S. senator from the three running in the primary, and they will choose a candidate to run for District 8 U.S. representative from the two running in the primary.

Democratic voters will select a District 63 state representative candidate from the two choices running in the primary. In addition, Democratic voters in Birdseye will select three of the four candidates on the primary ballot to run for the town council as well as a candidate for clerk-treasurer.

Voters can also request an absentee ballot to fill out and return. An application requesting a ballot must be received in the clerk’s office by April 30 — in person or by mail by 4 p.m., by fax, email by 11:59 p.m. If someone is making the request by mail, he or she should do so a few days early so that he or she has time to receive the application, fill it out and mail it in time for the clerk’s office to receive it by the April 30 deadline, Jarboe explained. An application that comes in after the deadline will be rejected.

The actual ballot must be in the clerk’s office by noon on Election Day.

A person who has trouble filling out a ballot can request the assistance of the bipartisan travel board, which goes to the voter. Aside from the authorized travel board, it is a Level 6 felony for someone else to fill out a ballot for a voter.

“We don’t want to restrict anyone from voting,” Jarboe said. “We just need to make sure everyone understands that it must be that person who is voting.”

The last day for getting an application request for the travel board to the clerk’s office is noon on May 7; the deadline for the travel board to get the ballot from the voter is midnight that day.

A public test of voting machines, which is required by law, will be held in the clerk’s office at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Anyone from the public can attend and watch the public test.

“We will be physically testing at least three of the random machines to ensure that every candidate receives votes correctly,” Jarboe said. “There will also be sample absentee ballot cards counted to once again make sure that every candidate on the ballot receives votes.”

Any questions about voting can be directed to the clerk’s office, 812-481-7035.

 

Early voting locations

A Dubois County voter can choose an early absentee voting location to cast his or her primary ballot. The voting locations and the dates they are open are:

• Dubois County Courthouse Annex: April 10 to May 7

   8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays (except May 7), Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
   8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays
   8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, April 28 and May 5
   8 a.m. to noon Monday, May 7

 

• Huntingburg Event Cente r

   8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, April 28 and May 5

 

• Ferdinand Library

   8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, April 28 and May 5

 

• 35th Street Fire Station, Jasper

   8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, April 28 and May 5
   10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 4

 

• Dubois Library

   8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, April 28 and May 5
   10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3

 

• St. Henry Fire Station

   10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 30

 

• Haysville Fire Station

   10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1

 

• Schnellville Fire Station

   10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2

 

• Birdseye Fire Station

   10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May  4




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