Pulaski County Election Board Discusses Use of E-Poll Books

The Pulaski County Election Board is working to make a few decisions about e-poll books.

During their meeting this morning at the Pulaski County Courthouse, board members discussed using the technology in future elections. The board was given approval by the Pulaski County Commissioners and Council to utilize the technology.

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Starke County Clerk Assesses Election

It was her first election, but there may be a few things she’d like to change.

Starke County Clerk Vicki Cooley was elected in November of 2014, and was able to test her knowledge during this month’s Primary Municipal Election. The primary saw few contested races, but additional candidates are expected prior to the General Election.
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Election Board To Review Performance Following Primary

The Starke County Election Board will be convening for the first time since last week’s Knox Primary Municipal Election.

Tuesday was the first election Starke County Clerk Vicki Cooley. Few of the races were contested during the primary. Incumbent Mayor Rick Chambers was defeated handily by former Mayor Dennis Estok. Several other City Council seats were contested, largely on the Democratic side.
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Incumbent Mayor Chambers Defeated in Primary

It took more forty minutes after polls closed for the ballots to arrive at the Starke County Courthouse on Tuesday evening.

The Knox Primary Municipal Election was taking place and saw a few races contested, largely among Democratic candidates. Eligible voters had ample opportunity to cast an early or absentee ballot leading up to the Primary Municipal Election, but the city’s four precincts all voted at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center on Tuesday.
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Some BMV Branches to Changes Hours for Primary Elections

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be changing their hours slightly, next week.

According to BMV Commissioner Kent Abernathy, branches located in counties with elections in May will extend their hours on Monday and Tuesday. The extended hours will allow the BMV to issue driver’s licenses and state ID cards that can be used for identification at polling sites.

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Election Board Continues HAVA Grant Work, Prepares for Election

Primary Election2The Starke County Election Board has received approval for the first phase of grant work.

During their meeting Monday morning, board members recommended accepting the grant funds to the Starke County Commissioners. The renovations come courtesy of a Help America Vote Act grant with the funds are being used to upgrade a door, parking lot, and wheel chair ramp at the North Bend Township Community Center and polling site.
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Starke Election Board Leaves Voting Hours Alone After Previous Approval

The Starke County Election Board advertised early and absentee voting hours, and then considered changing them the day before it’s supposed to start.

Following a vote at their last meeting to set the hours for voting prior to the primary election, Starke County Clerk Vicky Cooley brought a proposal to the board to reduce the number of hours early voting can take place.
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Winamac Town Council Appoints New President

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Board has reinstated several department heads within their government, but has seen a change in one of the board positions.

During their meeting Monday night, the Winamac Town Board elected Kenneth McFarland to serve as its next President. The term will be carried out over the next four years.
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Sheriff’s Races Dominate Primary Filings

Voters in Starke and Pulaski Counties will have their pick of candidates for the open sheriff’s seats in the May 6 primary. Incumbents Oscar Cowen and Mike Gayer are unable to run again due to term limits. Starke County filings include Democrats Bill Dulin, Harold Smith and Dennis Fornelli, who is the latest candidate to file for that office. Republicans Billy Bope and Greg Wireman are also running for sheriff. In Pulaski County, Republicans Jeff Richwine, Brian Gaillard and Jeffrey Heims are seeking the nomination. So are Democrats Paul Grandstaff and Jim Jenkins.

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Would-be Candidates Have Until Noon to File

Candidates for political office in the May primary have until noon local time today to file the necessary paperwork to run for office. Several countywide and township positions are up for grabs. Voters in both Starke and Pulaski Counties will elect new sheriffs. Neither Oscar Cowen nor Mike Gayer can run again due to term limits. Voters in both counties will also elect a prosecuting attorney, coroner, clerk of the circuit court and assessor. County council seats in districts 1 through 4 are also on the ballots in both counties.

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Candidate Filings Guarantee Sheriff’s Races in May and November

Starke County voters will narrow the field of nominees to replace term-limited Sheriff Oscar Cowen in May and select his replacement in November. Deputy William “Bill” Dulin is the latest candidate to file his intention to seek that office, according to a list provided to WKVI news by the Starke County Clerk’s Office late Friday afternoon. He will face Democrat Harold Smith in the May 6 primary. Republicans Billy Bope and Greg Wireman have also filed their candidacy for Starke County Sheriff.

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Races Shape Up As More Candidates File


The latest round of candidate filings for the May primary includes two incumbent Starke County Council members, one of whom already has a potential general election opponent. Republican Anthony “Tony” Radkiewicz, Sr. and Democrat Jennifer Davis are both running for the District 2 County Council seat. Davis is giving up her seat on the county commission to run for the council. District 2 includes part of Center and California Townships. Council President David Pearman has also filed for reelection in council district 3, which runs south through the southern half of Oregon Township through Washington and North Bend Townships. Republican Talia Reed has also filed her candidacy for the Starke County Council District I seat. It includes the rest of Center and Oregon Townships along with the Davis and Jackson precincts.

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Candidates Sign up for Office in First Week of Filing

More candidates have filed for office with county clerks. The filing period began on Wednesday last week and continues until Feb. 7 at noon local time.

In addition to the candidates previously listed, Pulaski County, Republicans Tracy Rossman-Bryson and Steven J. VanDerAa have filed for coroner by the end of the week last week

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Knox Voters Encouraged to Tour Elementary School’s Palmer Wing

Voters in California, Center and Washington Townships can get a firsthand look at what advocates say are long overdue and necessary repairs to the Palmer wing at Knox Elementary School this evening. The Whatever it Takes Committee is hosting another open house at the school from 5 until 6 p.m. Problems with the 60-year-old original structure include an antiquated heating and cooling system, a cramped cafeteria that is insufficient to prepare food for the entire student population and a host of other problems. The work will only be done if voters agree to support a property tax during a May 7th special election, for which absentee voting is under way at the Starke County Courthouse. Click https://gateway.ifionline.org/CalculatorsDLGF/RefCalculator.aspx to determine how much your property taxes will go up should the referendum pass.

Starke County Election Board to Hold Post Election Meeting

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The Starke County Election Board has scheduled a post election meeting for Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the 2nd floor meeting room in the Starke County Courthouse.

The Board, consisting of President Pat Mitchell, Vice President Jim Henriott and Clerk Evelyn Skronski, will review the 2010 election, make plans for the 2011 City Election and approve election workers. The public is invited to attend the meeting.