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Voter registration deadline, early voting looms

If you want to vote in the Nov. 6 election you have until Oct. 9 to register. Early voting starts Oct. 8.
Posted on Sept. 24, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

Election Day, Nov. 6, is approaching and the deadline to register to vote looms.

Likewise, early voting is just around the corner.

With high-season for politicking upon us, here are some of the particulars:

Ÿ Registering: If you want to vote and haven’t yet registered, you have until Oct. 9 to do so. You can register at the Elkhart County Voter Registration Office at the Elkhart County Administration Building, 117 N. 2nd St., Goshen, but have to do it by 4 p.m. on Oct. 9, the normal closing time that day.

Alternatively, an office rep says the public may register online at www.indianavoters.in.gov up until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 9. To register online, you have to have an Indiana driver’s license or state ID card.

Ÿ Early voting: Early voting starts Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. and goes through Nov. 5 at the Elkhart County Administration Building, 117 N. 2nd St., Goshen, and the Elkhart County Courts Building, 315 S. 2nd St., Elkhart. Those voting at the Elkhart site must pass through security.

A photo ID issued by the state of Indiana or the U.S. government is required to vote.

Regular voting hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, except Nov. 5, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The sites are open over the lunch hour.

The two voting sites will also be open Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 5.

Ÿ Poll workers: The Elkhart County Republican and Democratic parties still seek poll workers, paid positions, to help manage the polling sites on Election Day.

There are 117 precincts, according to Shirley Snyder of the Republican Party here, and normally five workers are required for each — an inspector from the Republican Party along with two judges and two clerks, one from each of the two parties. That totals 585 workers, but some precincts share polling places and staffing will accordingly be reduced in some cases, cutting the overall number of workers needed.

Training for inspectors and judges is required at one of the varied training sessions, on Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 26, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. Training sessions for clerks are set for Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1.

Pay for inspectors is $110, pay for Democratic judges is $70 and pay for Republican judges and clerks of both parties is $65. Workers also get a $10 food allowance and $10 to attend training.

For more information on working as a Republican poll worker call Snyder at 238-5657. For information on working as a Democratic worker call Joe Williams at 875-9440.


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