Hundreds Vote Early Ahead of Today’s Primary

Voters head to the polls for the 2020 primary election today. In addition to president, governor, and U.S. representative, voters will also get to decide on a number of local races.

Starke County has contested primaries for county treasurer and county council. Pulaski County has contested races for county commissioner, county council, auditor, Winamac Town Council, and Medaryville Town Council.

Hundreds of Starke and Pulaski County residents have already cast their ballots, as mail-in voting was expanded to all eligible voters. As of Monday afternoon, the Starke County Clerk’s Office had gotten 916 completed mail-in ballots, with 97 still yet to be returned. Another 268 Starke County residents had voted early in-person.

Pulaski County Clerk JoLynn Behny says 397 Pulaski County residents voted early in-person. Her office processed 652 applications for mail-in ballots, but only 477 had been returned, as of Monday afternoon. Behny says there were also some issues with duplicate ballots, and the election board was working to resolve them.

Voters who’ve gotten a mail-in ballot but haven’t sent it back to the county clerk’s office yet may take it to a polling place, fill out a form, and vote in-person, instead.

Election Day voting continues until 6:00 p.m. local time. Starke County has reduced the number of polling places down to seven but still requires voters to cast their ballot at the polling place for their specific precinct. Pulaski County residents can vote at any one of the county’s five vote centers.

After the polls close, listen to live election results on K99.3.