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Election Day June 2; what you need to know

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- The coronavirus has dramatically altered the way Indiana's upcoming primary election will be held.

The deadline has passed to request an absentee ballot, and voting in-person will be different than what you've experienced before.

The novel coronavirus prompted rules to be changed to allow any voter to request a mail in ballot, which must be received in the mail or physically taken to the Allen County Election Board by noon on Election Day.

"We've always voted at a chuch out on Maplecrest for 40 years. But this time we decided it'd be easier just to do this," Mark Cooper told us as he dropped off his absentee ballot.

22,000 absentee ballots are being held at the Election Board's office.

The deadline has passed to request an absentee ballot, and voting in-person will be different than what you've experienced before.

Because there are so many of them, they will not be opened until the day after the primary election.

That's when they'll be taken to the Memorial Colisuem, where 35 teams will review and verify them, then run them through tabulation.

"The hard part is when we open them up and open up and look at the card. Is it damaged? Has there been any problem, any special markings or anything on the cards that make it ineligible for us to actually count that ballot," says Allen County Election Director Beth Dlug.

Dlug anticipates those results may not be available for a couple days, meaning candidates will not know election night whether they've won or lost.

In-person voting is still available next week at the Grand Wayne center or on Election Day.

All Allen County registered voters got a postcard in the mail telling them their new voting locations.

People who vote in person will do it typically in high school gyms and large churches, where being kept at least six feet away from others and personal protection equipment will be factors.

Expect to see barriers between you and the clerk, and you'll be asked to wear provided gloves to sign in and vote.

"We hope that we won't experience any lines because we have enough voting machines where we're just able to consolidate the poll workers a little bit more into a larger location," Dlug says.

Early in-person voting runs Tuesday through Friday from 8-4:30 at the Grand Wayne Center, plus Saturday from 8-3 and the following Monday from eight to noon.

Election Day is Tuesday, June second.

Dlug recommends you mail in your filled out absentee ballot no later than early next week to ensure it arrives in time to be counted.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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