Allen County Election Board Prepares For Primary (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

May 5, 2014 Updated May 5, 2014 at 10:17 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday for Indiana’s Primary Election, and there's a few things you'll want to keep in mind.

To be able to vote, you need to bring a photo ID, and know where to go to cast your ballot.

Allen County Election Board Director, Beth Dlug says voters have a 50-50 chance of not being able to vote where they did last time. That’s because many former polling places did not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or simply didn't want to do it anymore.

Even though turnout is expected to be low, election board officials have to prepare for all the people who do want to vote.

“We're planning for about 25 percent, but we don't expect it will be that high. We expect it will be in the high teens, maybe 20 percent turnout of the 258,000 registered voters in Allen County,” said Beth Dlug, Allen County Election Board Director.

Though the polls open at 6 a.m., Election Board members must be in place by 5 a.m. to make sure everything’s set and ready to go.

Despite the early start, Election Board members and voter machine technicians were busy until about 8:30 p.m. Monday answering phones and helping precincts get set up.

Election Board Chairman Tom Hardin says are 151 polling locations in Allen County, and each precinct has its own board, which is responsible for getting everything ready.

Each location is stocked with five voting machines, which Hardin says should be enough for Primary Election voters.

"Voters should be familiar with these voter machines. They're the same that they've used in the past, they're electronic. We have staff on hand in the precincts to assist voters if necessary. They should be very user-friendly and simple to use and if they're is an issue or a question, the voter has every right to ask for assistance at the precinct,” said Hardin.

Hardin says there were 2,200 early voters this year—a record number! He says this year’s votes surpassed the early votes for the 2010 Midterm Elections and the 2012 Presidential Primary.

To make sure you know which polling place to go to, call the Election Board at (260) 449-7154.




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