Weeklong early voting moved to end of May

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

In-person early voting will start in Dubois County on May 26, will only be at the Dubois County Courthouse Annex and will last for one week.

Sanitary precautions will be taken to keep voters and poll workers safe.

“We have more than enough supplies at this point,” County Clerk Amy Kippenbrock said Thursday. Our office has worked really hard at acquiring hand sanitizer, masks and gloves.”

Friday, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order changing the early voting period to one week, from Tuesday, May 26, to Monday, June 1. Before that, early voting was going to start on May 5, having been moved from the beginning of April. All the changes are due to the coronavirus pandemic and the orders to limit fact-to-face contact.

The Dubois County Election Board decided Thursday that voting will be at the annex only and set the voting hours, which are consistent with previous voting hours.

“We’re not doing any of those other places we had scheduled before,” Kippenbrock said. “It’s only at the annex.”

For early voting week, voting will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, Thursday, May 28, and Friday, May 29. There will also be voting from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30, and from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, June 1. There will be no voting on Monday, May 25, which is Memorial Day.

Primary Election Day will be Tuesday, June 2. “Every precinct is voting. You vote in your own precinct location,” Kippenbrock said. “That is the same as it’s always has been.”

The clerk’s office has taken steps to make sure sanitary supplies will be at each polling location.

“Poll workers will be provided with masks, gloves and hand sanitizer,” Kippenbrock said. “Voters that are coming in to vote, whether it be at early voting or the day of, there will be bottles of hand sanitizer available for them.”

Krodel Warehouse is providing the gloves. French Lick Winery is providing the hand sanitizer. And Jasper Industrial is providing masks and the jugs for the sanitizer.

“Resourcing it at a local level was important, just to put our hands on it,” Kippenbrock said. “They were easy and fabulous to work with, and were able to provide us with everything we asked for.”

Those who are still wary about going to vote in person can still vote by mail. The voter must submit an application requesting an absentee ballot to be mailed, and then complete and mail in the ballot.

As of Thursday morning, the clerk’s office had mailed out 397 ballots.

“Our voting by mail is pretty active,” Kippenbrock said. “We are regularly getting phone calls for that. Any voter who wants to do that are welcomed to do so.”

Those wanting an application to receive an absentee ballot by mail can contact the county clerk’s office at 812-481-7035, and one will be mailed to you. Applications can also be found on the Indiana Secretary of State’s website, https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm.

The application is due to the clerk’s office by May 21. Completed ballots are due by noon on Primary Election Day.

Kippenbrock said the primary ballot will have the names of people who filed by the Feb. 7 deadline and hadn’t dropped out before the Feb. 10 withdrawal deadline, Feb. 20 for presidential candidates. So there will be people on the ballot that have since dropped out of the race.

“If you look at the Democratic presidential list, there will be six or seven names,” she said as an example. But really, it’s only one person still running. You can vote for any of the people who are on that ballot. But the only person that’s still in the race is Joe Biden.”

If a voter wants to know who is on the ballot and if there are any contested races on the person’s ballot, the person can go online at www.Indianavoters.com and select “Who’s on my ballot.”




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