Starke and Pulaski counties continue to see good voter turnout during early primary voting. Since absentee voting for next month’s primary began on April 5, Starke County’s had 169 voters cast ballots in person, while 122 have voted by mail. Absentee ballots are also adding up in Pulaski County, where 139 people have voted in person and 29 have voted by mail, as of Friday afternoon.
Pulaski County Clerk Christi Hoffa says she’s been getting lots of positive feedback about this year’s changes to in-person absentee voting. The polling site has been moved to the Pulaski County Public Library, and for the first time, voters are using electronic poll pads instead of the traditional poll books.
Absentee voting will continue there Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 1:30 until 5 p.m. through Friday, April 29. Polls will also be open the next two Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. The final day to cast an in-person absentee ballot is Monday, May 2. Polls will be open from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
In Starke County, in-person absentee voting is taking place at the Starke County Courthouse Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 4 p.m. Voting hours are extended the next two Thursdays, when polls will be open until 7 p.m. The final day to vote absentee is Monday, May 2, when polls will be open from 8 a.m. until noon.
To vote absentee in person, voters must have a driver’s license, picture ID, or passport.