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Voter registration ends Monday

The last day a person can register to vote in the May 8 primary is Monday. That is also the last day a person who has moved or changed their name since the last election can update their information in order to vote in the primary election.
‘It is my hope to encourage all eligible Indiana voters to participate in this year’s elections,’ said Connie Lawson, who was recently appointed as Indiana’s Secretary of State to succeed Charlie White, who was removed from office in December on charges of voter fraud. ‘The initial measure in fulfilling this civic duty is to ensure proper registration, either as a new voter or with an appropriate updated voter registration.’
Harrison County residents who are not registered to vote may do so in-person at the county clerk’s office, which is located on the second floor of the Harrison County Court House in downtown Corydon, or at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branch (license branches will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday). Registration forms, printed online from www.indianavoters.com, can also be mailed in but they must be postmarked by Monday to make the applicant eligible to vote May 8.
Hoosiers who have a valid Indiana driver’s license or BMV identification card may also register online at www.indianavoters.com until 11:59 p.m. Monday.
To be eligible to vote in the Primary, persons must:
‘Be at least 18 years of age by Nov. 6, the date of the General Election;
‘Be a citizen of the United States and an Indiana resident;
‘Not be currently in prison after being convicted of a crime; and
‘Have lived in the precinct where they plan to vote for at least 30 days prior to the election.
Also, Monday is the first day for absentee, or early, voting.
Harrison Circuit Clerk Sherry Brown said that early voting can be done beginning Monday at 8 a.m. through noon Monday, May 7, in the Election Room (the old Recorder’s office) at the courthouse.
The election board will be at the courthouse Monday through Friday during that time period from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch) to allow for early voting.
On two Saturdays, April 28 and May 5, persons who will not be available to vote on May 8 can cast their ballot at the courthouse between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Brown said that voters need to have their driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID with them.
Persons who are unsure if they are properly registered can visit online at www.indianavoters.com or call the Hoosier Voter Hotline, 1-866-IN-1-VOTE (1-866-461-8683) to verify their registration or to locate their polling place. The website and phone number also can assist Hoosiers with how to request and/or cast an absentee ballot and details about Indiana’s photo ID requirement to vote.
Brown’s office can also answer election questions. The phone number is 738-4289.
Profiles of contested Primary races will begin in next week’s issue of this newspaper.

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