Voter Turnout Steady for Starke County Special Election


A steady flow of voters have already cast ballots in the upcoming May 7 special election.

Absentee voting started last week at the Starke County Courthouse for the May 7 question involving whether taxes should be raised in order to fund construction at Knox Elementary School. As of Monday morning, 66 people have voted in person, according to officials with the Starke County Clerk’s office. Many of those voters are older and don’t want to worry about getting out on Election Day, but you don’t need any special reason to cast an early ballot. Absentee voting continues each weekday at the courthouse through noon on Monday, May 6.

Additionally, the courthouse will be open on Saturday, April 27 and again on Saturday, May 4. Be sure to bring a government-issued photo ID with you to the polls. Residents who live in California, Center and Washington Townships are eligible to vote in this special election. Prospective voters are invited to tour the school’s 60-year-old Palmer wing on Wednesday, April 17 from 6 until 7 p.m. and see for themselves the crowded kitchen, antiquated HVAC system and mold problems.

Voters can also calculate their property tax increase by visiting the following link, provided by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance: