Porter County Clerk
Jessica Bailey reported at yesterday’s Election Board meeting that she has
surpassed the goal of recruiting 306 poll workers for the municipal primary
races on Tuesday, May 7.
Bailey said poll
worker recruitment has gone smoother than it did last November--both
political party chairs delivered complete lists of workers.
last election was rife with problems that included 13 polling places not
opening on time due in part to a lack of poll workers. In advance of the
last election, complaints were made at an Oct. 31, 2018 Election Board
meeting that neither party chair provided enough workers.
overwhelmingly completed the task this year. We are in a very good
position,” Bailey said.
that 275 of the workers recruited have signed up for training and 110 of
those have already been trained at sessions held in Hebron, Valparaiso, and
Chesterton. Bailey also said she has over 200 people on a reserve list in
case she needs last-minute fill-ins.
At the time Bailey
wrote her report Thursday morning, people were still calling in to work.
“We’ve already gotten 15 more since I made the summary,” Bailey said.
In other business,
the Board decided when it will start the new Elections Systems & Software
central count machine to count early and absentee ballots on Election Day.
They settled on starting it when the polls close.
The machine counts
300 ballots per minute. Bailey reported she will have eight people, four
from each party, working in bipartisan teams to open and sort the ballots to
ensure the accuracy of the count.
“It will be a very
quick process,” Bailey said. “The machine can sort. We don’t have to sort
the ballots, but there’s a lot of apprehension going on around this machine,
so I want everyone to see if we put 2,500 ballots in from Boone 1, the
machine said the same thing.”
“I want everyone
comfortable that the count is accurate,” Bailey said.
Bailey also made a
reminder that campaign finance reports are due Monday, April 22 at noon, and
the Board approved Attorney Monica Conrad to send a reminder after that date
to noncompliant candidates that action may be taken to fine them if they
fail to turn in their reports by May 16.
Board’s next meeting is May 17 at noon, when they will certify the results
of the Primary.
Porter County Clerk
Jessica Bailey reported more than 510 people had voted early as of yesterday
Early voters can
visit any early voting center between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays,
and two Saturdays--April 27 and May 4. Early voting ends Monday, May 6 at
centers are: Chesterton Town Hall, 726 Broadway; Porter County
Administration Building, 155 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso; Hebron Community
Center, 611 N. Main Street, Hebron; North County Government Complex, 3560
Willowcreek Road, Portage.