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March 27, 2014

Want to vote early? Here's how

GOSHEN — Absentee voting for the May 6 primary will begin soon.

Elkhart County Clerk Wendy Hudson has announced that absentee voting in person will begin April 8 at 8 a.m. for the May 6 primary election for those who won’t be able to make it to the polls. The last day for absentee voting will be May 5 at noon.

Elkhart County residents will be able to vote absentee at four locations this year. Those locations are:

• The Elkhart County Administration Building, 117 N. Second St., Room 108, Goshen;

• The Elkhart County Courts Building, 315 S. Second St., Elkhart;

• The Middlebury Town Hall, 418 N. Main St., Middlebury (April 26 and May 3 only); and

• The First Brethren Church, 1600 N. Main St., Nappanee (April 26 and May 3 only).

Residents wishing to vote absentee in person will need to show a photo ID that displays the voter’s photo, name, and an expiration date that is either current or that expired after Nov. 2, 2012.

Hudson noted that in most cases, an Indiana driver’s license, Indiana photo ID card, military ID or U.S. passport will be sufficient. A student ID from an Indiana state school may be used, but only if it meets all of the four required criteria.

“A student ID from a private institution may not be used for voting purposed,” Hudson said.

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

• Mondays (except May 5) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Elkhart and Goshen)

• Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Elkhart and Goshen)

• Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (all four locations)

• Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (all four locations)

• Monday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to noon (Elkhart and Goshen)

“The absentee boards will be closed on Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday,” Hudson said. “The absentee voter boards are open through the lunch hour.”

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