Monday Morning News - October 21, 2019 - Early Voting Starts Today

Early Voting for the 2019 Municipal Election Starts Today!!


In Bloomington City Council Districts 2 and 3 are the only races that have more than one candidate seeking office and only voters living in Bloomington City Council Districts 2 and 3 will cast a ballot for candidates this year. There are no elections in the towns of Ellettsville and Stinesville, as there were no positions with more than one candidate. Monroe County residents who live outside city and town boundaries are unable to vote in municipal elections.

Who is on the ballot?
Bloomington City Council District 2
Sue Sgambelluri (D)
Andrew Guenther (R)

Bloomington City Council District 3
Ron Smith (D)
Nick Kappas (I)
Marty Spechler (I)


Early voting in person
WHERE: Election Central, 401 W. Seventh St.,
near the intersection of Seventh and Madison streets.
Mon. - Fri. Oct. 21-25: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat. - Oct. 26: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mon. - Fri. Oct. 28-Nov. 1: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat. - Nov. 2: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 4: 8 a.m.-noon

Election Day Voting:
Voters who prefer to wait till Election Day to vote have to go to the poll location that corresponds to their precinct. The polls will be open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Here is a list of the polling locations for the 2019 fall municipal election in Bloomington:
District 2
Bloomington 5, 23: Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington 7: Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, 2120 N. Fee Lane.
Bloomington 13, 17: Genesis Church, 801 E. Ind. 45/46 Bypass.
Bloomington 14: Arlington Heights Elementary, 700 W. Parrish Road.
District 3
Bloomington 9, 10, 16: University Elementary, 1111 N. Russell Road.
Bloomington 21: Evangelical Community Church, 503 S. High St.
Bloomington 22: Meadowood Retirement, 2455 N. Tamarack Trail.
Perry 20: Binford Elementary, 2300 E. Second St.
Perry 21: Eastview Church of Nazarene, 4545 E. Lampkins Ridge Road.

Early in-person voters and Election Day voters need to provide a valid photo ID,
A photo ID must meet four criteria to be acceptable for voting purposes.
According to the Indiana Secretary of State Election Division, a valid ID must:
Display the voter’s photo.
Display a name that confirms with the voter’s registration record. It does not have to be identical.
Display an expiration date that is current or expired sometime after the date of the last general election, Nov. 8, 2016.
Be issued by the state of Indiana or the U.S. government.
In most cases, an Indiana driver’s license, Indiana photo ID card, military ID or U.S. passport is all you need. In addition, a student ID from an Indiana state school may be used if it meets the same criteria. Also acceptable are interim IDs issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
A student ID from a private institution may not be used.

Voting absentee by mail
Registered voters must meet one of the following requirements to vote absentee by mail:
have a disability;
be 65 years or older;
have a reasonable expectation that they will not be in Monroe County on Election Day;
be unable to get away from their jobs on Election Day when the polls are open;
be confined due to illness or injury or are the caregivers of such a person when polls are open;
be unable to vote because of a religions discipline or religious holiday while polls are open;
be a participant in the state’s address confidentiality program;
be members of the military, public safety officers;
be unable to vote due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls or poll workers with official election duties outside their precinct.
Absentee-by-mail voters are not required to show photo ID.
Absentee-by-mail applications must be received by county officials by Oct. 24 11:59 p.m. email, fax or mail.

Voting absentee by traveling board
A voter must meet one of the following requirements:
expects to be confined due to illness or injury or expects to be caring for a confined person on Election Day;
have a disability and believes their polling place is not accessible to them or are physically unable to complete the ballot and sign the affidavit on their own.
A bipartisan absentee voter board will deliver and assist the voter with the ballot.
Those interested in voting by travel board have until Nov. 4 at noon to make that request.
Those who vote absentee by traveling board are not required to show a photo ID.


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