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Harrison County Election Board members Larry Shickels, Edith Richards and Sally Whitis visit the South Harrison Community Center in Elizabeth, Jan. 31, one of the new voting locations this year. Photo by Ross Schulz (click for larger version)

Election Board prepares for primary


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.

Twitter: @rossschulz

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    February 20, 2014 | 04:02 PM

    Taylor Township must no longer exist. First it was reduced from two voting locations to one. Now we don't even have that. We have to go to Elizabeth to vote. It would be a lot easier if we just quit slowly moving it all to Corydon and just got it over with. Set up one place to vote in the county in Corydon and we can all go there.

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    Oh my!
    February 22, 2014 | 01:24 PM

    What an amazing idea, one polling place! Even better idea move it to Milltown at the far northern part of the county. Must be a plot to discourage citizens from Taylor Township from voting. It must be a plot of the Republican and Democrat Party jointly, or heck it might even be the communist. Heck don't move it to Corydon, move it to Milltown. That is far out of the way in Northwestern Harrison County. This will make the plot to keep Taylor Township from voting even more successful.

    Get serious people. All the things to worry about in this county and the fact that the polling place was moved less then 2 miles (10 minutes) from its current location is hardly an excuse for the public crying.

    Does the person crying above even know how many registered voters there are in Taylor Township and what percentage of them even vote at the polling place instead of voting by mail? I doubt it. It is it because he/she wont get a free meal and $60.00 to hang out at the polls on election day. Get a life!

    Sarcatistic
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    February 26, 2014 | 02:53 PM

    Dear Sarcastic.

    South Central was not the original polling place. Evans Landing on Highway 111 was the original polling place.

    I gather you still get to go where you have always gone in your township.

    Ours has been moved 12 miles.

    Where do you vote that they hand out $60 and free meals? No wonder they cannot afford for us to vote in Taylor.

    Interesting someone would complain about us voting. That is a switch.

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