Porter County Clerk
Jessica Bailey reported that in-person voting in the 2020 primary election
this morning started off smoothly, in spite of a last minute rally for more
poll workers due to COVID-19.
Though Bailey was
still looking for poll workers as recently as last week, through posts on
Facebook and United States Postal Service mailings, she reported this
morning that all locations were open as of 6:15 a.m.
Bailey had reported
at a recent Election Board meeting that some poll workers who had planned to
work canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
There were some
no-show poll workers this morning, but replacements were contacted and
dispatched from a pool of 40 standby workers, Bailey said.
Some teams faced
minor technical issues while setting up equipment, but Bailey said none of
these issues prevented a voter from voting.
another update at 7:30 a.m. saying that all polling locations were open and
accepting voters with only routine questions or issues from poll workers.
As for absentee by
mail ballots: Bailey said the counting team has begun sorting absentee
ballots to prepare them for the count. The actual count of absentee ballots
will begin in the early afternoon, as the deadline for receipt of absentee
ballots is noon today. Absentee ballots will be counted using a central
count machine after the polls close today at 6 p.m.