Elkhart County lawmakers: Hoosiers can take advantage of voting early in-person through Nov. 2

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, October 16, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 16, 2020) –  Hoosiers can vote absentee-in-person at several locations across Elkhart County until Nov. 2, according to area legislators.

According to State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola), chair of the House Elections and Apportionment Committee, all registered voters are eligible to vote early in-person in Indiana. For hours, dates and locations for early voting, Hoosiers can contact their county clerk or visit IndianaVoters.com and click on "Find Your Polling Place." When voting before or on Election Day, voters must present a valid photo ID.

"All Hoosiers who are registered to vote can cast their ballot before Election Day by visiting an early vote location," Wesco said. " Your voice will impact many issues on the local, state and federal levels for years to come."

Hoosiers who want to vote absentee-by-mail should visit IndianaVoters.com to check eligibility requirements and fill out the online application before the deadline on Thursday, Oct. 22. Applications can also be downloaded and mailed, emailed or hand-delivered to the local county election office. State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) encourages voters to return their mail-in ballots as quickly as possible.

"Election Day is approaching, but Hoosiers are able to vote ahead of time in a number of ways," Stutzman said. "It is important to establish a plan for how you will cast your ballot sooner rather than later to avoid any hiccups along the way."

Polling places statewide will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3. For more information on the 2020 General Election, including polling locations and to see who is on the local ballot, visit IndianaVoters.com.

Indiana Secretary of State's Office said 30,000 poll workers are needed to run 5,000 precincts across the state on Election Day. State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) encourages Hoosiers, especially younger adults, to consider signing up to be a poll worker. To get started and learn more, contact the county clerk or other local party representative, or visit the state's website at workthepolls.in.gov.

"Polls workers are the unsung heroes of every election, doing their best to keep operations moving while safeguarding our democracy," Miller said. "This year, workers are in high demand to not only staff voting locations, but to also help count the expected increase in mail-in ballots, due to the pandemic."

He said poll workers can earn up to $150 for their service, and that the state is providing masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectants to local election officials to protect poll workers, election staff and voters.

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 State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) represents House District 48, which includes portions of Elkhart County.

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State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) represents House District 49, which includes the eastern portion of Elkhart County.

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State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) represents House District 21, which includes portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

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