Early voters in the Westchester 9 district who showed up to vote at the
Chesterton Town Hall on Friday afternoon and requested a non-party ballot
for the Duneland School referendum were told there were none left in stock.
A township resident told the Chesterton Tribune Mnday about the
incident and said workers were called to get more ballots but none ever came
that afternoon. The resident said he decided to cast a party ballot
answering only the question on referendum but was worried his ballot would
be “tossed away” since it was not completely filled out.
“What kind of election are they running?” said the resident.
Sundae Schoon, Republican director for the Porter County Voters Registration
office, confirmed the shortage and said the supply of ballots for the
precinct was replenished this morning. While overall early voting numbers
are down for this year’s presidential election, the voter’s registration
office reported seeing heavier traffic has been seen at the Chesterton Town
Hall because of the school referendum.
Early voting ended at 12 p.m. today at the county’s three early voting
sites. Polls will open at 6 a.m. at all polling places for Tuesday’s
election. Voting will be over at 6 p.m.
All ballots will be counted no matter how many questions are answered, the
county voters office said.
Schoon stated her office has made sure enough referendum-only ballots will
be available for tomorrow’s election.