Pulaski County to Take Absentee Ballot Requests by Facebook Message

The Pulaski County Clerk’s Office is accepting absentee ballot requests through its Facebook page. Any voter can choose to vote by mail in this year’s primary by filling out a request form and turning it in to county election officials by May 21 at 11:59 p.m. local time. Request forms can be found on the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office website.

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Pulaski County Election Board Finalizing Plans for Early Primary Voting

The Pulaski County Election Board is finalizing plans for early primary voting. Clerk JoLynn Behny explains, “Early voting will start in Pulaski County at the Justice Center on April 7. And the two Saturdays before [Election Day], we’ll be open, and then the two Saturdays before the election, we’ll have early voting set up in Francesville, as well.”

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Pulaski County Election Board to Implement Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail for Early Voting

Voting machines in Indiana will have to be able to give voters a printout of their choices by the end of 2029, but some Pulaski County voters will get to try it out during this year’s elections. The state has given the county 20 of the “voter verifiable paper audit trail” printers. That isn’t enough to equip all of the machines on Election Day, but Clerk JoLynn Behny says the election board has decided to roll them out for early voting.

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Races Heating Up As Candidate Filing Enters Final Week

Candidate filing for the May primary heads into its final week. The race for Starke County Council is starting to heat up, with four Republicans filed for the three available at-large seats. They include Don Binkley, Sam Byer, Todd Lienbach, and incumbent Kay Gudeman. Voters will have to narrow that list down to three during the primary. As it currently stands, the winners would face Democrats Chuck Estok and Karl Swihart in November.

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Starke County Treasurer’s Race Up to Three Candidates, As Primary Filing Continues

The ballot for the May primary is starting to take shape. In Starke County, the most hotly-contested office so far appears to be county treasurer. Incumbent Kay Chaffins is running for her first full term, but she faces a Democratic primary challenge from Monica Miller. As it currently stands, the winner would face Republican Tom DeCola in November’s General Election.

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Pulaski County Council’s Authority to Cut Election Board’s Pay Disputed

A 10-percent pay cut for all of Pulaski County’s board and commission members drew some concerns during Thursday’s election board meeting. During last fall’s budgeting process, the county council voted to cut their own pay, that of the county commissioners, and that of all other county board members in the 2020 budget. But Clerk JoLynn Behny said the council doesn’t have that authority, when it comes to the election board.

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