- The Marion County Election Board, shown here splitting down party lines in a meeting last year, failed to gain the bi-partisan support necessary to enable satellite locations for early voting.
No Satellite Early Voting Sites for Marion County
Resolution requiring unanimous support defeated this morning
INDIANAPOLIS - This morning the Marion County Election Board did not reach agreement to open additional early voting locations as the Republican Party would not consent to the resolution.
State law requires a unanimous vote of the bi-partisan Election Board to open satellite early voting locations. Because the Republican Party voted against the resolution, early voting will be limited to the Clerk's office in downtown Indianapolis.
"I am disappointed that we could not reach an agreement today," Marion County Clerk Beth White said. "Since early voting began on Monday, we have broken records each day and expect this trend to continue. We are doing everything we can to make the City-County Building welcoming to all voters but these additional sites would have made early voting accessible to more voters throughout our county."
Today's resolution would have opened two additional early voting locations or satellite sites at the Washington Township Trustee's Office on Indy's north side and the Beech Grove Community Center on the south side of the county. If opened, the satellite locations would have been open from 8AM to 8PM Saturday, October 27 through Sunday, November 4.
Early voting began in Marion County on Monday, October 8. The county has seen an increase of 26% in early in-person voting as compared to the first four days of early voting in 2008. Absentee voting by mail is about 23% less than 2008. As of yesterday, 9,808 residents have requested a vote-by-mail ballot in this election while 12,689 residents requested one in 2008.
Here are the remaining early voting hours for Marion County:
Friday, October 12 8AM to 5PM
Monday, October 15 to Friday, October 19 8AM to 5PM
Saturday, October 20 & Sunday, October 21 10AM to 5PM
Monday, October 22 to Sunday, November 4 8AM to 8PM (both weekdays and weekends)
Last day! Monday, November 5 8AM to NOON
Early voters can use the Delaware Street entrance to the City-County Building for easy access to the Clerk's office. Reimbursed parking is also available at the pay lots just east of the building directly north and south of Market Street. Voters do have to pay the lot's fee, but it will be reimbursed to them upon exiting if they present a voucher available in the Election Board office.
The Board agreed to open two sites in the 2008 presidential election and as a result, more than 72,000 Marion County residents voted early. In 2009, the Board agreed to open three satellite locations for the special referendum election. Since 2010, the Republican Party has voted against opening additional satellite sites. State law was also recently changed to only permit early voting at the principal location of the Clerk's office.
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