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Voter guide: What you need to know on primary election day

Be in the know on primary election day with The Elkhart Truth's voter guide.

Posted on May 7, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

Primary election day is almost here.

Voters in Elkhart County will head to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots for candidates who will compete this fall to be the next local, state and federal representatives.

A slate of Republicans and Democrats will be on the ballots with 20 contested races and 20 candidates running unopposed.

POLL HOURS

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

WHERE DO VOTERS GO?

Elkhart County has seven new precincts, and a few polling locations and names have changed.

Polling sites and ballots can be viewed online at www.elkhartcountyclerk.com. Voters can check their registration status by clicking “Voter registration” on the lefthand side.

Two voter hotlines will be available on election day. Voters can call 535-6469 or 534-5671 to find out their polling locations.

More information is also available at www.indianavoters.in.gov.

ABSENTEE VOTING

Early voting ends today, May 7.

Voters who want to cast their ballots before Tuesday’s election can visit the Elkhart Courts Building at 315 S. Second St. in Elkhart or the County Administration Building at 117 N. Second St. in room 108 in Goshen. Absentee voter boards will be stationed at both locations from 8 a.m. to noon today. Voters must provide photo identification.

Residents who want to vote through the travel board must submit an absentee ballot application to the Elkhart County Clerk’s office by noon today. The travel board assists disabled or homebound voters who are unable to get to their polling places on election day. The clerk’s office is located at 101 N. Main St. in room 204 in Goshen. The phone number is 535-6469.

VOTER IDS

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will extend its hours to issue state ID cards and driver’s licenses that may be used for identification at polling places.

License branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, May 7, and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The branches will only process ID cards, driver’s licenses and learner permits if testing is not required. Aside from disability placards, the branches will not perform any other BMV services.

For a list of documents required to receive a new state ID or driver’s license, visit www.mybmv.in.gov.

NEED A RIDE TO THE POLLS?

The Interurban Trolley in Elkhart and Goshen will offer free rides to help voters reach their polling places Tuesday. The trolley’s routes serve Elkhart, the U.S. 33 corridor and Goshen. For details on the routes, call 674-8894 or visit www.interurbantrolley.com.

Voters using Heart City Rider and Goshen Transit Service as well as riders using their Paratransit ADA cards can ride for free to and from polling sites. Regular fares will apply for trips to other destinations. Voters may call Ace Cab at 295-6886 and tell the dispatcher they need a ride to the polls.

Two political parties will also offer rides. Call the Republicans at 596-3717 and the Democrats at 262-4213.

A REMINDER ABOUT POLITICAL SIGNS

Campaign signs are prohibited from federal and state highway rights-of-way.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is required by state law to remove unauthorized signs within the state right-of-way. Sign free areas include interstates and their interchanges, all rights-of-way paralleling federal or state highways and intersections where at least one local, state or federal road intersects with a state or federal highway.

Removed signs will be saved at the nearest INDOT subdistrict office. Candidates may reclaim signs between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday except for holidays. The Elkhart subdistrict office is located at 58905 C.R. 9.

For more information, call (866) 227-3555.


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