Election Board Finalizes Names, Debates Logistics of Voting Day


The Starke County Election Board has finalized the ballots for November’s General Election.

During their Monday morning meeting, the names slated to appear on the ballots were reviewed for Knox, North Judson, and Hamlet. Correct spelling was the primary concern, but the way in which the names appeared was also a concern for the board.

The Board expressed concerns, however, with the organization of getting voters through properly on Election Day. Starke County Clerk Vicki Cooley says it shouldn’t be a concern for most voters.

“Most of the people that are voting for the referendum are going to be voting at their original precinct,” says Cooley.

One name on the ballot saw the middle initial removed.

The lone referendum on the ballot, a measure asking qualified voters attending the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation to increase the property tax levy for a period of seven years, was also compared and approved.

Election Board member Peg Britton says the state online voting system should be able to handle proper identification for voters, and place them with the proper ballot.

“Only those who are in the precinct would vote on the referendum,” says Britton. “And those who are in town would be able to vote on the entire election candidates.”

The Election Board also debated the number of voting machines to be used in the Town of North Judson on Election Day. Board members are anticipating a strong turnout, but pondered whether to contact the school corporation for an official estimate.

The set-up for the voting machines was also discussed. The matter was tabled, however, after it was deemed necessary for further research. Another meeting will be scheduled in the near future to finalize a decision.