Saturday, April 30, 2016

Goshen resident Kyle Schlabach uses a touchscreen booth to cast his vote at Shanklin Park during election voting for the school referendum Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Starting with the 2014 May primaries, Elkhart County will now use vote centers, which feature 25 open voting locations and new technology. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
Everything you need to know to vote in the May 6 primary elections

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 11:38 a.m.

Elkhart County is debuting its new voting centers with electronic poll books Tuesday, May 6. Here's everything you need to know when you go to cast your votes in the primary elections.


Know your candidates and proposals.

Visit for information on all the candidates, referendums and proposals on the ballot.

Find your voting center.

Voters can cast their ballots at any of the county's 25 vote centers.

Check out the map above to find your nearest vote center.

New electronic check-in system.

The vote centers will use electronic poll books to check in voters. This system updates at each voting center, preventing people from voting more than once at different locations.

New electronic ballots.

Once voters check in, the electronic poll books will update with the ballot for that voter's precinct.

There are more than 600 different ballots in this year's primary and this system ensures that each voter gets the correct ballot.

Each voting center will have 10 touch screen voting machines. Some voting centers may have longer lines than others, as it could take some voters longer to use the new machines.

Don't forget to bring a photo I.D. 

All voters must present a government-issued photo I.D. when they sign in at the voting center. The Indiana Secretary of State website has a list of approved forms of identification.

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches across the state have added additional hours today and tomorrow to allow voters more time to get photo I.D.s for Tuesday's primary elections.

All branches will be open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 5, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The BMV provides free photo voter identification cards to Indiana residents without drivers licenses who provide proper documentation. A list of required identification documents is available on the BMV website.

The BMV will resume normal hours of operation on Wednesday.