Early voting dates added in Ferdinand


Early voting locations across the county have been busy, including the location at the Ferdinand Public Library, in which people lined up to vote on Saturday. And they waited for a while.

“It’s been very busy at every polling location,” Dubois County Clerk Amy Kippenbrock told the Dubois County Council on Monday. “It was over an hour wait at Ferdinand on Saturday.”

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, 11,365 of the 30,959 eligible voters in Dubois County had cast a ballot in the general election, which is 36.7 percent. In that vote total, 9,204 were submitted in person and 2,161 were submitted by mail.

With less than a week left for early voting, additional voting days, machines and staff have been added for the Ferdinand site. This week, voters can cast a ballot at the Ferdinand Library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Voting hours were already established for Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Two additional voting machines will be added to the two machines at the Ferdinand location, for a total of four machines. Staff will also be added, Kippenbrock said Tuesday.

In light of the demand at the Ferdinand site, election officials have also decided to add two more machines to the upcoming voting location at the Huntingburg Event Center, so four machines will be available to voters. “We will have extra workers available to help to get the flow through, in and out,” Kippenbrock said.

Voting will be at the event center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Voters who can’t get to the polls can request the travel board to bring them a ballot. The request application for that must be made to the clerk’s office by noon Monday.

Kippenbrock said that she is working out the details for the board to take and collect ballots from voters. She has received some inquiries from people wanting to vote by travel board because they have been identified as being in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. “You can apply to vote by travel board,” she said. “But I have to protect my travel board people, too.”

Questions can be directed to the clerk’s office at 812-481-7035.

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