Register to vote deadline is Oct. 5

Yvette Runkle, voter registration deputy (left), shows Karen Carpenter, Huntington City-Township Public Library’s patron’s services clerk (right), how to fill out a voter registration form during a voter registration event on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the library, while the library’s assistant director, Eric Fry looks on.
Yvette Runkle, voter registration deputy (left), shows Karen Carpenter, Huntington City-Township Public Library’s patron’s services clerk (right), how to fill out a voter registration form during a voter registration event on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the library, while the library’s assistant director, Eric Fry looks on. Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The Huntington City-Township Public Library hosted a voter registration event on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Yvette Runkle, voter registration deputy, was available to assist Huntington County residents with checking their voter registration or completing a new registration, and also to answer questions about the election and the voting process.

Oct. 5 is the voter registration deadline for the 2020 General Election.

Voter registration status can be confirmed at indi anavoters.in.gov, by calling the Huntington County Election Office at 358-4820, or emailing Runkle at yvette.runkle@hunting ton.in.us.

Requirements to register to vote are:

• You must be a citizen of the United States.

• You must be at least 18 years of age by the next General Election.

• You must live in Huntington County.

Residents who have moved, changed their name, been taken off the poll list in the past or are a new voter can go to www.indianavoters.com to register online or print out a Voter Registration Application (VRG-11) form to mail into the Clerk’s Office (voter registration applications cannot be emailed or faxed). Residents can also register at the BMV or in-person at the Clerk’s Office.

Mail completed Voter Registration Application to Huntington County Voter Registration, P.O. Box 228, Huntington, IN 46750.

Applications will be processed and residents will receive a Voter Acknowledgement Card in the mail.

This card is for the voter’s records and is not needed on Election Day to vote.

New registrations or updated registrations received after the deadline of Oct. 5 will not be processed for the upcoming election.

Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) says, “Every election impacts so many issues,” Leonard said. “That’s why it’s vital to register. Making your voice heard through the simple act of voting is the best way to help shape our community.”

In-person early voting begins Oct. 6, and Leonard said the state is providing masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectants to local election officials to protect poll workers, election staff and voters.

In Huntington County, six locations will serve as early voting polls.

The Huntington County Courthouse will be open for early voting Oct. 6 through Oct. 30, Tuesday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also, on Oct. 24 and 31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Andrews Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews, will be open on Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nazarene Church, 1555 Flaxmill, Huntington, will be open Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The American Legion, 1410 S. Jefferson St., Huntington, will be open Oct. 26 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The YMCA, 1160W-500N, Huntington, will be open Oct. 27 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Oct. 28 from noon to 6 p.m.

The Cottage Event Center, 9524 U.S.-24N, Roanoke, will be open Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Oct. 30 and 31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Absentee ballot by mail request deadline is Oct. 22. To request an absentee ballot call 358-4820.