February 19, 2014 | 10:29 AM
The Harrison County Election Board took a trip last month, in preparation of the upcoming election, to visit all of the new polling places since making the decision to consolidate a good number of the voting sites to a more central location such as school buildings.
New sites include the South Harrison Community Center in Elizabeth, New Life Christian Church east of Lanesville, Heth-Washington Elementary School, North Harrison Middle School and Morgan Elementary School.
At each stop, board members Larry Shickels, Edith Richards and clerk Sally Whitis had to make sure there was plenty of parking and space for voters and voting equipment. Each site has to include a 50-foot barrier/walkway from the entrance area to the voting booth. Only voters are allowed in the 50-foot area.
The board also met with a representative from each facility to convey what's needed and expected of them on election day.
Another task of the election board is to find a group, whether it be with the host site or outside group, to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for poll workers. The funding for meals, and everything concerning the election, is provided by the county council.
The next election board meeting will be tomorrow (Thursday) at 5 p.m. at the Government Center in Corydon followed by a campaign finance meeting with the candidates at 7.
On March 14, the board will meet to clean the ballot closet at the courthouse in downtown Corydon and on April 16 at 10 a.m. for a regular meeting followed by a public test of voting machines at 1. Poll-worker training sessions will take place April 24 at 10 a.m. and 2 and 7 p.m. at the Government Center.
The Primary Election will be Tuesday, May 6.
Other upcoming dates include: April 7, deadline for a voter to register or transfer registration; April 8, first day of absentee voting at the clerk's office in the courthouse; April 26 and May 3, absentee voting open for seven hours; and April 28, deadline for clerk's office to receive mailed absentee ballots.
For any questions regarding voter registration, candidate information or anything else related to the election, call the Harrison County Clerk's office at 738-4289 or visit online at harrisoncounty.in.gov.