BY DEAN HOCKNEY
Courtesy of the Kokomo Herald
KOKOMO, Ind. – For the first time in years, the Indiana primary election will be a key part on who is nominated for the office of President of the United States. While in most recent presidential primary elections the candidates have been decided long before Hoosiers enter the voting booths on primary election day, this year both parties are campaigning in Indiana with gusto. I know this is not a sports topic, I am a firm believer in voting and wanted to pass this information on to our valued readers.
Primary elections will be held in Indiana on May 3 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is important to note that the voting process in Howard County has changed this year. Gone are the assigned voting locations as the county now has 15 Vote Centers. Registered voters can vote at ANY of the 15 Vote Centers regardless of where they live in the county. Indiana code requires that there is one Vote Center for every 10,000 voters, and Howard County exceeds the required number of centers.
“This concept allows a registered voter to vote at any Vote Center location in the county,” Howard County Clerk Kim Wilson said in a statement. “Voters will no longer be required to vote at their precinct only. Vote Centers also make sense financially. We all agree that the right to vote is priceless. As a diligent steward of tax payer dollars it is also prudent to move forward in the most cost effective way. Our current voting machines are in need of replacement. Staffing fewer locations and buying fewer machines will help to reduce the total cost of an election.”
In order to cast a vote, one must be registered and will be required to show photo identification with an expiration date. Qualified identifications include a driver’s license, U.S. passport, voter ID card with photo or a state school issued student ID card. Voters will also need to request a Republican or Democratic ballot and will only be allowed to vote for candidates in that party.
Howard County Vote Centers will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 3. Here is a list of Vote Center locations: Bon Air Church, Carver Community Center, Center Road Church of Christ, Eastern Performing Arts Center, Good Shepherd Church, Indiana Wesleyan University Kokomo Campus, Iventrek Technology Park, Kokomo High School, Maple Crest Middle School, Northwestern High School, Russiaville Lion’s Club, Kokomo Senior Citizens Center, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library South Branch, Sycamore Elementary School and the Titan Annex Facility at Taylor High School.
The following is a list of contested primary elections on Howard County ballots:
President of the United States: (Republican) Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump; (Democrat) Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders.
United States Senator: (Republican) Marlin Stutzman, Todd Young.
United States Representative: (Republican) Kevin Grant, Todd Rokita.
Coroner: (Republican) Michelle Haendiges, Steven Seele.
County Council at-large: (Republican) Grace Aprill, Stan Ortman, Jim Papacek, Jeff Stout; (Democrat) Kelley Land, Craig Simon.
Greentown Town Council Ward 3: (Republican) Jerry “Scott” Flick, Mark Lantz.
For more information, visit www.indianavoters.in.gov. This website will show if you are registered to vote and what candidates are on your ballot – along with a host of other information.