Three vote centers set for city primaries
When Dearborn County officially became a vote center county earlier this year that meant the way people voted was going to change.
The first test of this new system will take place this May during the city election primaries.
Instead of voting at various precincts, three voting centers will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day Tuesday, May 7.
The voting centers will be at the Lawrenceburg Fire Department, 300 W. Tate St., Lawrenceburg; Greendale Cabin, 827, Nowlin Ave., Greendale and Aurora Park Pavilion, 415 Park Ave., Aurora.
“Any registered voter within city limits may vote at any one of these three locations. All locations will have all voter and candidate information,” said county clerk of courts Gayle Penningtom.
For example, if you live in Lawrenceburg, but work in Aurora, you can vote at the Aurora Park Pavilion.
If you live in Aurora and you just feel like taking a drive to Greendale, you can vote at the Greendale Cabin. But, of course, you do need to be an eligible voter.
The county vote centers will be linked by secure Internet connections and an electronic poll book is instantaneously updated as ballots are cast.
The votes cast, however, will remain local to be counted.
“In addition, Dearborn County will be offering early voting by mail or in person at the Dearborn County Administration Building,” said Pennington.
Early voting begins April 8 and will be available every week day from noon until 4 p.m. The early voting office will also be open Saturday, April 27, and Saturday, May 4, from noon until 4 p.m., she said.
In-home early voting also will be offered by the county travel board, she said.
“Only a confined voter or person caring for a confined voter may apply and make an appointment to vote at home, hospital, nursing home etc.,” said Pennington, as stated in Indiana Code.
If eligible, the voter fills out an application, then a bipartisan team is sent to their residence with a ballot. After voting, it is placed in a sealed envelope and the team returns it to the ballot box.