Election update: Voting machine accuracy test passed; Poll workers still needed; Registration deadline Oct. 5

At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Monroe County’s election division started running its voting equipment through the logic and accuracy test that’s required under state statute.

After two hours of testing, the county’s equipment passed with a 100-percent score, deputy county clerk Tressia Martin told The Square Beacon.

The tests were conducted at the old Johnson Hardware Building, aka Election Central, at 7th and Madison streets. The blinds on the Madison Street side of the building were opened so that the public could watch, without going inside the building. It’s was a nod to helping prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic virus.

The completion of the accuracy test crosses one more task off the list that election staff have to complete for the Nov. 3, 2020 general election.

In early September, the board of elections had settled on 28 different polling locations for the county’s 82 precincts.  That decision was given approval by the county’s board of commissioners at its regular meeting Wednesday morning, shortly after the logic and accuracy test concluded. Continue reading “Election update: Voting machine accuracy test passed; Poll workers still needed; Registration deadline Oct. 5”

Seven in-person polling locations set for June 2 primaries in Monroe County as election board says: Please vote by mail

On Tuesday at noon, at the the fourth continuation of a meeting that was initially convened on April 2, Monroe County’s election board approved the use of seven in-person polling sites for the June 2 primary election.

At Tuesday’s meeting, one of the sites was still not nailed down with 100-percent certainty.

Initial indications were positive from the City Church for All Nations that the facility could be used for the election, but final word was still pending, according to election supervisor Karen Wheeler. The church is the backup plan to University Elementary School, which has a construction project precluding its use. [Updated April 29, 2020 at 3:17 p.m. Election board member Carolyn VandeWiele told The Square Beacon that the church has agreed to allow its facility to be used for the June 2 primary.]

The board’s Tuesday decision on polling sites, taken at a Zoom videoconference session, gave a formal stamp of approval to a preliminary decision that had, for six of the polling sites, been made the day before. Continue reading “Seven in-person polling locations set for June 2 primaries in Monroe County as election board says: Please vote by mail”

Monroe County’s election board looking to finalize locations for polls, early voting in 2020

 

Monroe County’s three-member election board met Thursday to chart a course for 2020, a year when extraordinary levels of voter turnout are expected.

Standard issues that need to be settled include polling locations for early voting and on Election Day, training poll workers on new voting equipment, and recruiting people to work the polls.

Election supervisor Karen Wheeler encouraged people who want to help at the polls to call her office (812-349-2690). Even though it seems early to be be thinking about it, early voting for primaries starts in April, Wheeler said. She added, “We’re going to be needing a lot of people.” Continue reading “Monroe County’s election board looking to finalize locations for polls, early voting in 2020”