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Clerk Smooth start to voting this morning

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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.

Bailey issued 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.


Posted 6/2/2020




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