As the Starke County Election Board prepares to take another vote on a switch to vote centers, Pulaski County Election Board members plan to weigh in. The Starke County Election Board is expected to vote on its vote center plan next Wednesday, after it failed to get a unanimous vote during last week’s meeting.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
The first day of candidate filing ended with a few familiar names on the May primary ballot. In Starke County, County Council Member Brad Hazelton is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for District 1 County Commissioner, the seat currently held by Kathy Norem.Continue reading
Those thinking about running for office in 2020 can start filing on Wednesday. Several county offices are on the ballot this year.Continue reading
Starke County poll workers may be getting a bigger raise than previously proposed, but not all election board members are on board with the proposed changes. Clerk Bernadette Welter-Manuel presented the rest of the board with some options, when it comes to poll worker pay.Continue reading
Just days before a draft of Starke County’s vote center plan is set to be presented to the public, an election board member raised a few questions about the proposed change. Last month, board members approved a list of seven potential vote center locations, which was then approved by the county commissioners last week.Continue reading
Pulaski County once again has a decision to make, when it comes to IT services. Back in July, the county commissioners disbanded the county’s IT department, and later agreed to contract IT services out to DeGroot Technology. Now, DeGroot has notified officials that it will stop providing services to the county in January.Continue reading
Medaryville voters have chosen their next clerk-treasurer. Republican Stacy Conley defeated Democrat Kendra S. Miller for the position by a vote of 55 to 29.Continue reading
A timeline for a possible switch to vote centers was recently reviewed by the Starke County Election Board. County officials are considering making the switch in time for the May 5, 2020 primary.Continue reading
While Starke County hasn’t finalized a switch to vote centers yet, there isn’t enough money in the 2020 budget to hold a presidential election using precinct polling places.Continue reading
The Starke County Election Board continues to see support for a proposed switch to vote centers. Last week, board members reviewed the results of a survey taken during this month’s town hall meetings in Knox and North Judson. Of the 27 surveys completed, only two respondents felt the change would not be a positive move for Starke County to pursue. Multiple residents specifically liked the convenience that vote centers could provide.Continue reading
Meal changes could lead to a shortage in poll workers, warns Starke County Election Board Member Harrison Fields. “I’ve been talking to some of these poll workers,” he told the rest of the election board Wednesday. “We’re going to be faced with a major problem come next spring because every one of these poll workers that worked in the past told me personally they refuse to work because the council changed the meal situation. None of these poll workers that worked in the past – not one – told me they will work in the spring because of that issue.”Continue reading
The Starke County Election Board on Wednesday approved a list of potential vote center locations for the county commissioners’ consideration.Continue reading
Starke County voters have three chances to learn about a proposed switch to vote centers. Vote centers typically mean fewer polling places but allow voters to cast their ballot at any voting location in a particular county.Continue reading
A change in Francesville’s mail delivery has led to a number of voters being listed as inactive. Pulaski County Clerk JoLynn Behny told the rest of the election board last week that the state is updating its voter list, to figure out which voters are inactive.Continue reading
Medaryville voters will have a few contested races to decide this year. As of Wednesday morning, three candidates are in the running to replace Democrat Judy Harwood as clerk-treasurer, according to Pulaski County Clerk JoLynn Behny.Continue reading
Medaryville and Monterey will be handling their own General Elections this year, without the direct involvement of the Pulaski County Election Board. County Clerk JoLynn Behny told the rest of the county election board Tuesday that she’s received a resolution to that effect from the Town of Medaryville, and she expects Monterey to send one soon.Continue reading
Winamac Town Council members were alerted about an overlooked law that took effect in 2012 regarding small town primary elections and districts when they met Monday night. Town Attorney Justin Schramm explained that the law requires towns under a population of 3,500 to pass an ordinance recertifying their districts two years after a decennial census is conducted. The last census took place in 2010.
Schramm stated, “Between 2012 and 2017 there had to have been some type of ordinance or resolution recertifying the districts within the Town of Winamac.” Continue reading
The Starke County Election Board is ready to take its proposal for voting machine upgrades to the county council and commissioners. Vendor MicroVote wants to bring the county’s 46 machines up to the latest federal standards, in time for the 2020 presidential election. Board members decided Wednesday to discuss the upgrades with the county council and commissioners during their March 19 meetings.
The Starke County Election Board is working to make sure residents’ votes are secure during future elections. Vendor MicroVote is proposing to rebuild the county’s voting machines for a total cost of about $66,000.