No Additional Early Voting Sites for 2014
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​Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Media Contact:

Erin Kelley, (317) 327-5099

No Additional Early Voting Sites or Precinct-Based Absentee Ballot Counting

​INDIANAPOLIS – This morning the Marion County Election Board did not reach an agreement on two resolutions impacting the November 4, 2014 General Election.  The Republican Party would not consent to open additional early voting locations, nor agree to conduct precinct-based counting of absentee ballots.

State law requires unanimous agreement of the bipartisan Election Board to open additional early voting sites, called “satellites.” Because the Republican Party voted against the resolution, early voting will be limited to a single location – the Clerk’s office in downtown Indianapolis.
“I am saddened we could not better serve the voters of Marion County today,” Marion County Clerk Beth White said. “Early voting is a popular and convenient option for many people. I’m pleased we will continue to offer early voting in my office, but the Election Board could do much more to encourage civic participation by allowing additional sites around the county.”

Clerk White also expressed concern about parking downtown this fall. “The parking lots across from the City County Building may not be available this election season. I am concerned about the difficulties many voters, especially the elderly and the disabled, might face when trying to vote early.”

A new state law requires Marion County to centrally count absentee ballots on Election Day unless the Election Board unanimously agrees to count the ballots, as has traditionally been done, at individual precinct polling locations. Lack of Republican support on a resolution to save taxpayer dollars by counting absentee ballots at existing precinct polling locations also failed.

Marion County conducted its first central count of absentee ballots under the new law during the May primary. Ballot security improvements to the central counting site, coupled with additional Election Day personnel and voting equipment have already cost $150,000. Additional on-going costs are expected to fall between $80,000 to $100,000 per election.

“Besides the expense to taxpayers, one of my chief concerns about the central count of absentee ballots is how long it takes to conduct.” Clerk White continues, “The voters of Marion County expect election results on Election Day. Recruiting upwards of 180 additional poll workers to count 30,000 to 40,000 ballots, rather than asking precinct-based poll workers to count absentee ballots at individual polling locations,  is an unnecessary  use of time and resources. I am disappointed the Republican Party would not agree to avoid this additional expense and potential delay.”

Clerk White encourages voters to exercise their right to vote in the fall election by keeping these important dates in mind:
Last day to register to vote
Monday, October 6

Early voting in the Clerk’s Office
Tuesday, October 7 to Friday, October 10, 8AM to 5PM 
Monday, October 13 to Friday, October 17, 8AM to 5PM 
Monday, October 20 to Friday, October 24, 8AM to 5PM
Saturday, October 25 & Sunday, October 26, 10AM to 5PM
Monday, October 27 to Friday, October 31, 8AM to 8PM
Saturday, November 1 & Sunday, November 2 – 10AM to 5PM
Last day! Monday, November 3 – 8AM to 12PM (noon)

Last day to request an absentee-by-mail ballot
 Monday, October 27