2016-10-04 / Front Page

Voter registration deadline looms, early voting starts October 12

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Owen County Election workers Marilyn Truesdel (left) and Phyllis Tucker were busy in the Owen County Clerk’s Voter Registration office Friday, counting mailed ballots received for the 2016 General Election. (Staff Photo) Owen County Election workers Marilyn Truesdel (left) and Phyllis Tucker were busy in the Owen County Clerk’s Voter Registration office Friday, counting mailed ballots received for the 2016 General Election. (Staff Photo) With just 35 days remaining before the 2016 General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, Owen County voters are being reminded of changes to the process for this election cycle.

Of the 14,587 registered voters in Owen County, just 5,791 cast a ballot in the Spring 2016 Primary Election. Of those who voted, 4,297 visited one of the eight vote center locations now established throughout the county’s 13 townships.

The largest portion of voters came early to the polls, with 1,494 casting absentee or early ballots through mail, in person at the county courthouse, or at one of two satellite voting locations in Cunot and Freedom.

When the May 3 primary came, the Spencer United Methodist Church’s In God’s Arms building saw the largest amount of voter traffic, with 1,270 voters casting a ballot at the Washington Township location. The second busiest vote center during the primary was in Gosport at the Lighthouse Fellowship Church, where 642 voters stopped to cast a ballot. A total of 566 voted at the Clay Township Volunteer Fire Department, while 458 stopped at Garrard Chapel off of State Road 46 West.

Millgrove United Methodist Church saw 413 visit it’s vote center location in Taylor Township and 385 voters voted on election day at the Freedom Community Center. In Cunot, 340 voters stopped by the Cunot Community Center to vote in the primary, while the lowest traffic was seen by 223 voters visiting the Jefferson Baptist Church in Coal City.

“I thought our transition to vote centers for the Primary Election went smoothly. We had a couple of small issues we were able to fix on election day, and our workers are experienced for the General Election,” Roy said. “We have the same eight vote center locations established for November and expect an ever larger turnout of voters on election day. We also encourage voters to take advantage of early voting, available at the courthouse in Spencer and at our satellite locations in Freedom and Cunot.”

Voter registration is open in Indiana until Tuesday, November 11 at the close of the business day.

Early voting will begin at the Owen County Courthouse on Wednesday, October 12 and continuing through Monday, November 7, during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Saturday early voting opportunities will also be available, on October 15 at the Cunot Community Center and October 22 at the Freedom Community Center, or at the courthouse in Spencer on October 29 and November 5. Saturday early voting hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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