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Early voting begins Wednesday; location and hours listed

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The 2016 General Election is just a few weeks away, but voters can begin casting ballots at early voting locations opening up next week.

The Porter County Election Board will offer early voting, or absentee voting, beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 12. at three locations -- the Porter County Administrative Building, Suite 102A (155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso), the North County Government Complex rotunda (3560 Willowcreek Rd., Portage), and the Chesterton Town Hall Meeting Room (790 Broadway, Chesterton).

In order to receive a ballot, voters must present a government issued photo ID at their early voting location.

Registration deadline

If not registered, the last day for voters to register before the general election is Tuesday, Oct. 11. Registration can be done at the Porter County Voters Registration Office, 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso (Suite 105), or do so online at Voters registration forms can also be completed at any Bureau of Motor Vehicle location.

Evening hours

New this year, the County Election Board has agreed to offer evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at all locations from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is so registered voters who work during the day can have more time to vote to fit their schedules.

Daily hours

Each week Monday through Friday, voters can early vote at the three mentioned locations from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Early voting will be offered on the two consecutive Saturdays before the election -- Saturday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 5.

The last day to vote early or vote absentee is Monday, Nov. 7 at 12 p.m.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open then from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Voting by Mail

For voters wishing to vote absentee by mail, an application must be filled out which can be requested from County Voters Registration office. Once the application is processed, a ballot will be mailed to the home or mailing address.

Applications to vote absentee by mail must be received by the Porter County Voters Registration office, 155 Indiana Ave., Suite 105, Valparaiso, IN, 46383, by Monday, Oct. 31.

A voter who is confined or a voter caring for a confined person can request a travel board by calling the Voters Registration Office at (219)-465-3486.



Posted 10/7/2016




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