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September 6, 2013

Preparations for poll workers, absentee voting being made for Nov. 5 vote

GOSHEN — Preparations are now well underway for the Goshen Community Schools Bond Referendum Special Election set for Nov. 5.

The referendum question, which will be posed to voters during the special election, relates to the school corporation’s desire to undertake a $17.15 million construction project involving both Goshen Middle School and Goshen High School.

The Goshen school board voted in June to seek the referendum. Board members want to renovate the two schools to add space for the music programs, physical education programs and to consolidate the pools in both schools into one new pool at one of the schools.

The official wording of the referendum question is, “Shall Goshen Community Schools issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance the renovation of and construction of improvements to Goshen Middle School and Goshen High School, which includes site improvements, which is estimated to cost not more than $17,150,000 and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for debt service by a maximum of $0.1098 per $100 of assessed valuation over the 20-year life of the bonds?”

The special election will be limited to registered voters of precincts Elkhart 1 through Elkhart 21, comprising all of the Goshen Community School District. All other voters in Elkhart County are not eligible. Polls will open at 6 a.m. Nov. 5 and close at 6 p.m.

Anyone with questions about eligibility are asked to contact the Clerk’s Office at 535-6469 or Voter Registration at 535-6775.

Absentee voting

Absentee ballots for the special election will be mailed beginning Sept. 21 to people who have requested an absentee ballot. Voter registration for the election will end at 5 p.m. Oct. 7.

Absentee voting in person will begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 8 and will end Nov. 4 at noon.

Absentee voting in person will take place at the Elkhart County Administration Building, 117 N. Second St., Room 108, Goshen.

The schedule of available voting days and times is as follows:

• Mondays (except Nov. 4) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The absentee voter board will be open through the lunch hour.

Poll worker training

The Elkhart County Election Board will hold poll worker training sessions for the 2013 special election beginning in October. Poll workers need to attend the proper sessions, as they are job specific.

For Inspectors and Judges, poll worker training will take place at the Elkhart County Administration Building, 117 N. Second St., Room 104, Goshen. Dates and times for the training sessions are as follows:

• Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

For Clerks, poll worker training will take place at the Elkhart County Public Service Building, 4230 Elkhart Road, Goshen, on the following dates and times:

• Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m.

Anyone interested in working the polls should contact either the Republican Party or Democratic Party at the following numbers:

• Democratic Party, Sheri Mellin: 262-4213

• Republican Party, Shirley Snyder: 238-5657

Poll workers are paid for their time during the election. A breakdown of election compensation is as follows:

• Inspectors: $110 plus a $10 food allowance and $10 for attending training

• Democratic Judge: $70 plus a $10 food allowance and $10 for attending training

• Republican Judge: $65 plus a $10 food allowance and $10 for attending training

• Clerks: $65 plus a $10 food allowance and $10 for attending training

Poll workers must attend and sign in at a training session and work a full day at the polls on election day in order to receive the training allowance.

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