INDIANA (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding Hoosiers to make their voices heard at the polls on Tuesday.
State officials moved Indiana's May primary to June 2 due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, election officials are offering fewer-in person polling sites and expect record levels of mail-in voting.
The polls open at 6 a.m. and close 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“I invite all Hoosier voters to visit our website to educate themselves on who they’ll be voting for and where they’ll be voting,” Secretary Lawson said.
“Though we will observe common-sense social distancing, in-person voting will continue as planned. An informed electorate is the key to a successful democracy so I encourage all voters to take advantage of the resources available on IndianaVoters.com.”
As part of the change, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and State election officials waived the absentee excuse-rule so that any registered Hoosier voter could send their ballot in by mail.
Voters have by noon on Tuesday to return their absentee ballot to their corresponding election board office. Allen County's Election Board is located at 1 E Main, Suite 172.
Voters who have mailed ballots and would prefer to vote on a machine can return their un-voted ballot to their polling location on Election Day and will be allowed to vote.
If you're voting in person on Tuesday, you may want to double-check your polling location as it may have changed. You can do so here.
The Indiana Election Commission asked all county election boards to consolidate voting locations and voting centers to take spacing measures to ensure the safety of voters.
Allen County said there will be 25 polling locations on Election Day.
For this election, counties have been equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, face masks, hand sanitizer, and other sterilization tools.
Poll workers have been trained to keep polling places clean and will be monitoring social activity closely.
Voters are urged to practice social distancing and to wear masks while at the polls.
Hoosiers may also call the toll free Hoosier Voter Hotline at 866-IN-1-VOTE to speak directly to a representative for information, polling locations and to file grievances. Staff will be on hand to answer calls from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET on Election Day.
Indiana’s photo ID law requires every voter to present a government-issued ID before casting their vote at the polls. For more information on Photo ID go to http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2401.htm.
One of the biggest changes on election night will be the absence of complete results.
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said she expects counties across the state to take several days to count and report their mail-in ballots.
The Allen County Election Board said they will be processing votes from early voting and Election Day voting machines and will release those partial results on Election night.
All mailed ballots will be counted starting on Wednesday at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. They will post periodic updates as they receive them.
You can view election results here.