Early voting in county starts this Wednesday

Starting on Wednesday, Oct. 10, all registered voters in Huntington County will have the option of voting early in the general election.

Early voting will be offered in the Huntington County Clerk’s Office at the Huntington County Courthouse, plus at three early voting satellite locations.

Any registered voter may cast their ballot early at any of the aforementioned locations, without having a specific reason for doing so. Voters are required to produce a state-issued photo ID when they vote.

Early voting will be offered in the clerk’s office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 2. Voters will also have the opportunity to cast ballots in the clerk’s office on a pair of Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last chance to vote early in the clerk’s office will be Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The early voting satellite locations are the American Legion Post 85 community room, Parkview Huntington Family YMCA and Cottage Event Center.

Post 85, at 1410 S. Jefferson St., Huntington, will offer a voting session on Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, at 1160W-500N, Huntington, will be open for voting on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Cottage Event Center, at 9524 U.S.-24N, Roanoke, will welcome voters on Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Absentee voting is also available to voters. This form of voting is open to registered voters who are unable to vote in person during the early voting period or Election Day on Nov. 6. Absentee voting can be completed by mail or traveling board and does not require a state-issued photo ID.

To vote by mail, a voter must fill out an absentee ballot application, which can be picked up in the clerk’s office or downloaded from www.IndianaVoters.com. A completed application can be emailed, mailed, faxed or hand-delivered to the clerk’s office. Once the application has been processed, the voter will be sent a ballot. The deadline for the clerk’s office to receive completed applications is Oct. 29.

In addition to being a registered voter, one must satisfy one of the following conditions in order to qualify for absentee voting by mail:

— Will be absent from the county of residence on Election Day.

— Have election duties on Election Day.

— Will be confined on Election Day due to illness or injury.

— Have disabilities and believe polling places are not accessible.

— Are 65 years of age or older.

— Will be caring for a confined person on Election Day.

— Are scheduled to work for the entire 12 hours that polls are open.

Absent military and overseas voters may vote by email or fax.

Voting by traveling board sees a bipartisan team arrive at a voter’s residence with a ballot, which the voter then fills out. The deadline to contact the clerk’s office and request a visit from the traveling board is Nov. 2.

In addition to being a registered voter, one must satisfy one of the following conditions in order to qualify for absentee voting by traveling board:

— Will be confined on Election Day due to illness or injury.

— Will be caring for a confined person on Election Day.

— Have disabilities and believe polling places are not accessible.

— Are physically unable to complete the ballot and sign the affidavit without assistance.

Voters can preview their ballot by visiting www.IndianaVoters.com, clicking on the link “Who’s on the ballot?” and entering their name, date of birth and county of residence.

For more information, contact the Huntington County Clerk’s Office at 358-4820. The office’s fax number is 358-4880 and Pam Fowler, the voter registration and election deputy, can be reached by email at pam.fowler@huntington.in.us.