Marion County Election Board Offers Help With Voter Backlog
Other Early Voting Locations Aren't Approved
Marion County Election Board (wibc.com photo by Mike Wilson)
A lot of people registered to vote at the last minute, and now Marion County is playing catch up.
Marion County Clerk Beth White says this could cause problems for voters, whose addresses may not match with their new registration.
Mark Sullivan, the Chairman of the Marion County Election Board says about 9,000 people are in voter limbo as the Marion County Voter Registration Office works to enter as many applicants as they can.
The code says anyone who has applied to vote has to be processed in 24 hours, but the county may not be able to catch up until next Tuesday at the earliest.
If anyone is turned away from a polling location all they have to do is say they registered recently, and a proper ballot will be provided.
The Election Board also voted 2-1 in favor of satellite early voting locations, but that change requires a unanimous decision. The two sites in the proposal was a township building on north Keystone, and a Beech Grove facility.
Patrick Dietrick, the lone Republican on the board was the "no" vote.
He says he opposes the satellite locations, and says voters have plenty of options leading up to election day, without running up a $50,000 price tag.