Monroe County election supervisor Karen Wheeler indicates the height of the stack of ballots that arrived after noon on June 2 and did not count.
Low curb at Grandview Elementary School, which was bridged with a portable ramp.
Thursday afternoon, two days after the June 2 primary election, Monroe County’s election board reviewed how things went on Election Day, under the accommodations made to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
They also reviewed the accommodations that were made as required under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which includes ADA compliance.
For this election at least, the seven polling sites got good marks from disabilities activist Randy Paul. Cones with disability placards were set up to mark off parking spaces closest to whichever entrance that was being used for polling. And temporary ramps were installed in some locations, like a low curb at Grandview Elementary School.
Here’s where The Square Beacon will post incremental results from the June 2, 2020 primary election, as they become available directly from the Monroe County clerk’s office, in reverse chronological order.
When the polls closed at 6 p.m. there were still 18 people standing in line to vote outside Bloomington city hall. They were, of course, allowed to vote.
At 7 p.m. Monroe County clerk Nicole Brown sent out an email saying 7,041 voters turned out on Election Day and 1,981 turned out for in-person voting between May 26 and June 1.
The game plan here is to dump the incremental results from the county clerk into a shared Google Sheet. For realtime changes to the sheet, here a direct link to the sheet: [June 2, 2020 primary results Google Sheet] [Updated: 12:12 p.m on June 3. Here’s a .pdf of unofficial election results from June 2, 2020] The sheet is embedded in this page below, which has a delay of something like five minutes compared to the most recent edit. Try refreshing the page.
Final unofficial results are not expected on June 2. It’s not clear if any incremental results will be available, but if they are, here’s where The Square Beacon will post them.
Updated at 8:37 p.m on June 2. The county election board has recessed and will resume tomorrow at 8 a.m. According to Monroe County clerk Nicole Browne, no preliminary counts will be done tonight, and they’re wrapping up now so that everybody can be fresh in the morning. The added benefit is that any partial preliminary results won’t tease the public overnight, she said. Counting currently is estimated to be done by around 2 p.m.Continue reading “Alea iacta est: June 2, 2020 election Monroe County results, when served”→
According to Monroe County election supervisor Karen Wheeler, 17,997 absentee ballots had been sent out to voters as of Friday and 6,517 of them received by her office.
When The Square Beacon touched base with Wheeler on Saturday morning, she said about 5,000 more ballots still need to be sent out. That will make about 23,000 total absentee ballots for this year’s primary election. Election day is June 2.
A lot of voters waited until close to the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot. The deadline for turning in ballot applications was Thursday, May 21. The voted ballots themselves have to reach the clerk’s office by noon on primary election day, June 2. Voters who receive their ballots later next week, and are concerned that their mailed ballot might not arrive in time, can turn in their ballots in person at Election Central.
The roughly 1,300 ballots that have been processed every day for the last week is about twice the number Wheeler had previously described as the office’s maximum daily capacity. She said previously she’d be looking to recruit county employees who had been ordered to stay home from work during the COVID-19 health emergency.
On Saturday, she said about 20 people were working inside the Election Central building at 7th and Madison streets. They’ll need to work Sunday, Monday, and probably Tuesday, too, Wheeler figured.
Secretary of state Connie Lawson said on Friday that the state received the personal protection equipment (PPE) that it had ordered for election workers, using $7.5 million of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.
National Guard troops had started delivering masks, sanitizer, gloves and microfiber towels to all 92 counties the previous day, and were continuing deliveries “as I speak,” Lawson said.
Lawson said that her office had tapped Indiana sources of PPE who did not supply PPE to medical providers—to make sure her office was not depriving health care workers of needed equipment. Lawson made her remarks during Indiana governor Eric Holcomb’s regular press conference on Friday.
Screen grab of May 7, 2020 meeting of the Monroe County election board.
A mass mailing to every voter in Monroe County was due to go out at the end of this past week. That means sometime next week all voters should receive an absentee ballot application for the June 2 primary.
The mailing will also include a list of the seven polling locations that will be used for in-person voting.
Voting will be conducted during the COVID-19 public health emergency, which has been extended by Indiana’s governor Eric Holcomb.
The COVID-19 pandemic means voting by mail is the safest option for casting a ballot in the June 2 primary, some elected officials are saying. Democratic Party leaders are pushing the vote-by-mail option in the upcoming primary.
They’re calling on Indiana’s governor, Eric Holcomb, and the state’s election commission, to order that applications for ballots to be sent to all registered voters.
Holcomb has encouraged voters to use the no-excuse absentee voter option that was created for this year’s primary by the state’s election commission, at a March 25 special meeting.
Even under the no-excuse absentee option, voters have to request that they receive a ballot through an application process. The application form is available online for downloading, but that doesn’t make it accessible to all voters.
On Thursday last week, at his daily press briefing, Holcomb was asked if he would go as far as to support a complete vote-by-mail election structure. That could include sending all registered voters an application for a ballot.