The Starke County Election Board members were to speak to the commissioners Monday night about legislation concerning election cyber security, but board members will meet with Microvote representatives before moving forward with a decision.Continue reading
Collecting unpaid fines for late campaign finance reports is proving to be a challenge for the Starke County Election Board. During last week’s meeting, it was learned that former Coroner Dannie Hoffer Jr. still hadn’t paid his $150 fine. Election officials said the matter was sent to small claims court, but Hoffer apparently refused to sign for the documents when he was notified by certified mail.Continue reading
The Starke County Commissioners will meet today where Sheriff Bill Dulin will present several ordinance amendments and additional ordinances for consideration. He stated previously that those ordinances will address noise, animals running at large, vicious dogs, false alarms, and the golf cart ordinance concerning open containers.Continue reading
Plans to upgrade Starke County’s voting machines may be put on hold, pending the outcome of a bill in the Indiana Senate. Senate Bill 570 proposes a number of new requirements related to election cyber security. Notably, any electronic voting systems would have to have a “voter verifiable paper audit trail,”starting in 2022.Continue reading
Starke County Council Member Tom DeCola failed to appear before the county election board Friday. DeCola had apparently asked to be on the agenda, but by the end of the meeting, he still hadn’t arrived. “Let the minutes show that a second calling for Mr. Tom DeCola to come before the board after his request was sent to us, and he is not present,” said Board President Peg Brettin. “And the request was in writing.”Continue reading
The issue of Starke County Council Member Tom DeCola’s residency is expected to go before the county election board this morning. Last week, the county council voted to ask the election board and the Starke County Republican Party to confirm that DeCola actually lives in the district he represents.Continue reading
Starke County Councilman Tom DeCola will submit a response to allegations in information presented during the Starke County Council meeting Tuesday night.Continue reading
The Starke County Election Board members will be looking into upgrading the county’s Microvote voting machines.
The Starke County Election Board members discussed a complaint filed by a voter in the November General Election.
The Starke County Election Board members heard appeals from three candidates concerning fines assessed from delinquent candidate financial reports prior to the November General Election.
The Starke County Election Board members will hold a public hearing today at 9 a.m. to hear appeals from three candidates who filed late campaign finance reports. The reports were due by noon in the Clerk’s Office on Friday, Oct. 19.
Starke County expects to have a total of 20 first-time poll workers this Election Day. During last week’s election board meeting, board member Peg Brettin said voters will notice some younger people working the polls, “Because many of the older people either, one, don’t want to do it anymore, or two, are deceased,” she explained. “So that’s one of the reasons why you’re going to see a lot of new people out there.”
As Election Day approaches, the American Civil Liberties Union is taking steps to make sure transgender and gender non-conforming voters are treated with respect.
During Wednesday’s Starke County Election Board meeting, Clerk Vicki Cooley presented board members with a letter and a list of tips for poll workers that she received from the ACLU of Indiana’s LGBTQ Rights Project. Continue reading
Steps are being taken to secure Starke County’s voting machines. Clerk Vicki Cooley told the rest of the election board Wednesday that plans are in the works to build a state-compliant secure storage room, within an existing storage area.
Four Starke County candidates are facing fines for failing to turn in their campaign finance reports on time. County council member Dave Pearman, county council candidate Howard Bailey, Coroner Dannie Hoffer, and former county council candidate Karl Swihart all missed Friday’s noon deadline, according to Clerk Vicki Cooley.
Starke County Election Board members will finish preparations for next month’s General Election when they meet this morning. Members are scheduled to review plans for the upcoming poll worker training, as well as election procedures.
All candidates running in the November General Election are required to have campaign finance reports into the clerk’s office today by noon, local time.
With just a few weeks to go before the General Election, a change has been made in the Oregon Township Board race. Joseph Reed has withdrawn his candidacy, according to Starke County Clerk Vicki Cooley. Roy McCray was appointed last week by the Republican Party chair to take Reed’s place on next month’s ballot.
The Starke County Election Board members previously received notification that the Department of Local Government Finance approved the wording for the Culver Community Schools referendum question for North Bend Township voters on the November General Election ballot. This week they officially accepted the wording to be included on the ballot.