The May 6 primary
elections are less than two weeks away, and voters in Porter County have the
opportunity to vote early at the Porter County Courthouse, the Chesterton
Town Hall and the North County Complex in Portage.
Directors in the
County Voters Registration Office Democrat Kathy Kozuszek and Republican
Sundae Schoon are trying to get the word out to registered voters as they
say turnout so far has been “very slow,” but that is to be expected in a
Schoon said that
since early voting started on Tuesday, April 8, only 55 have voted at
Chesterton Town Hall, 51 have voted in Portage and 90 have voted at the
Courthouse in Valparaiso.
She said the
numbers are down compared to the last county elections in 2012, a
presidential year. Mid-term elections usually experience the lowest turnout
rates for their primaries. The previous was in 2010 with 15 percent.
Schoon said many
voters are dissuaded from voting in the primaries because they have to
choose a party affiliation.
voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
optimistic there will be more activity when early voting is offered this
Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at all three locations as well as on
the following Saturday, May 3.
For those who wish
to vote absentee by mail in the privacy of their home, they can request an
absentee ballot by mail. They must first request an application from Porter
County Voters Registration office by calling 219-465-3487 or 219-465-3488.
application is processed, a ballot will be mailed to the address given.
vote absentee by mail must be received by the Porter County Voters
Registration office by Monday, April 28.
Poll workers needed
Schoon also said
the office still has about 80 poll worker spots which need to be filled by
If you or someone
you know is interested in being a poll worker, please call 219-465-3594 to
be assigned to a Republican position or 219-465-3496 to be assigned to a
Democrat position. You may also stop by the Voters Registration Office at
155 Indiana Ave., Room 105, in Valparaiso.
Poll Inspectors are
paid $135 for their work and both poll judges and clerks are paid $110. Each
worker will also receive a $15 meal allowance.
All poll workers
must attend at least one training class. Applicants must be residents of
The Election Board
has voted to allow high school students ages 16 and over to work as poll
clerks and judges.
Students must have
at least a “B” grade average in order to be legible and will need written
permission from their parents and school in order to participate.