General Election and Absentee Ballot Info

Here’s a link to the 2022 Absentee Ballot Request Form.

Here’s what you need to know about Absentee Voting:

To vote absentee-by-mail in Indiana, a voter must be able to personally mark their own ballot and sign their name to the completed ballot security envelope and have a reason to request an absentee vote-by-mail ballot:

  1. You have a specific, reasonable expectation that you will be absent from the county on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6 am until 6 pm).
  2. You have a disability.
  3. You are at least 65 years of age.
  4. You will have official election duties outside of your voting precinct.
  5. You are scheduled to work at your regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
  6. You will be confined due to illness or injury or you will be caring for an individual confined due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
  7. You are prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
  8. You are a participant in the state’s address confidentiality program.
  9. You are a member of the military or a public safety officer.
  10. You are a “serious sex offender” as defined in Indiana Code 35-42-4-14(a).
  11. You are prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls.

A voter applying for an absentee-by-mail ballot does not need to present proof of identification. However, a first time voter in Indiana who registered to vote by mail and did not provide proof of residency will be asked to include that evidence with their absentee balloting materials. This can be a state-issued ID where the address matches their registration, but can also be a bank statement, utility bill, etc.

Finally, a voter does need to file an application before each election for which the individual wants to vote absentee-by-mail.

How to Apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot

To vote absentee by mail, a voter must first complete an ABS-Mail (En Espanol) application before each election. The application to request a vote-by-mail ballot must be received not later than 11:59PM, 12-days before the election.

Important! The county or the state must have the application in their possession by this deadline; any application received after this deadline – even if it’s postmarked before the deadline – cannot be processed.

Voters can download and print the ABS-Mail form OR call their county election official or the Indiana Election Division at (317) 232-3939 for an application to be mailed to the voter OR visit their county election office or election division to pick-up an application in-person. Remember, the application must be in the possession of election officials by the deadline to be processed for the election.

Hoosier voters who are currently registered to vote can file an absentee application:

1/ Online at indianavoters.com by logging in to their “my voter portal page” by entering the requested information exactly as it appears on their voter registration record. When on the main landing page, the voter selects the “ABS-Mail (Por Correo)” option and enters the information as prompted. After clicking “submit,” a confirmation screen appears that allows the voter to download and retain a copy for their records. There is no need to sign and return the online submission since the system applies the voter’s registration signature to the application on the back-end.

2/ By mail or hand-delivery. Physical addresses to the county election boards are found on the back of the ABS-Mail application. Please contact their office directly to determine office hours. Remember, if you take custody of another’s absentee ballot application, you are to deliver it to the election official not later than noon, ten (10) days after receiving it OR the application deadline, whichever comes first.

3/ By email. This requires the voter to print, sign, and scan or photograph their absentee ballot application and send it to the county official or the Indiana Election Division at elections@iec.in.gov.

4/ Download the form here, then print int out, fill it out and mail it in.

A voter with disabilities may request that another person sign the voter’s name on their behalf on the application. The person providing the assistance may not be the voter’s employer or union representative and must complete the affidavit of assistance found on the application. If the assistor is the voter’s power of attorney (POA), the POA paperwork should be submitted with the application.

Returning your Absentee-By-Mail Ballot

If your application is reviewed and approved by bi-partisan county election officials, a ballot packet is mailed to you. This packet will include your ballot, the absentee voter bill of rights, and a first class postage pre-paid return security envelope.

The voter must be able to personally mark their own ballot but may have assistance with placing the ballot inside the envelope and sealing it. (Be sure the assistor completes the affidavit of assistance!) The voter should sign the ballot envelope (or make their mark) on the signature line. A voter’s power of attorney (POA) may attest to the voter’s signature but is to enclose their POA with the ballot materials inside the security envelope and complete the affidavit found on the absentee return envelope.

County election officials must receive an absentee-by-mail ballot not later than 6:00 p.m. (local prevailing time) on Election Day. County election officials must have possession of the ballot by this deadline; postmarks – even if dated on or before the date of the election – cannot be considered timely

Finally, pursuant to state law, only the voter, the voter’s attorney-in-fact, a bonded courier, or a member of the voter’s immediate household may hand-deliver a completed absentee ballot to the county election board. Any person other than the voter doing so is to complete the ABS-19 affidavit.

Troubleshooting Absentee-By-Mail Ballot Issues

Before Election Day, a voter who has an absentee application on file can fix most issues by filing an ABS-5 form with county election officials. Examples include spoiling a ballot because the voter made an error, mistakenly signing your name on your spouse’s ballot envelope, forgetting to sign your ballot envelope, or receiving the wrong ballot or a ballot lacking two sets of initials.

However, in the primary election, a voter may not use the ABS-5 to switch parties. Once an absentee application is on file for the election, the party selection cannot be changed. On Election Day, a voter who requested an absentee ballot but never received it in the mail may complete the PRE-5 affidavit at their polling location and vote a regular ballot, if otherwise qualified; OR

A voter may surrender their absentee ballot to the Inspector, who can then issue a regular ballot, if the voter is otherwise qualified; OR

A voter who had their absentee ballot rejected by county officials may appear before the county election board not later than 5PM on Election Day to request an ABS-21 form and then go to their polling place to vote a regular ballot, if otherwise qualified.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE FALL ELECTION:

Saturday, September 24, 2022
DEADLINE for county election board to mail absentee ballots to voters who have already filed an approved application with circuit court clerk.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022
VOTER REGISTRATION ENDS
DEADLINE at voter registration office’s close of business for a voter to apply to register or transfer registration or at midnight for a voter to complete and submit a voter registration application online.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
First day that a voter may vote an absentee ballot in the office of the circuit court clerk or satellite office.

Friday, October 14, 2022
End of pre-election campaign finance reporting period.

Thursday, October 20, 2022
First day a confined voter, a voter caring for a confined person at a private residence, or a voter with disabilities may vote an absentee ballot before an absentee voter board at the voter’s residence or place of confinement.

Friday, October 21, 2022
DEADLINE, by noon, to file pre-election campaign finance reports.

Thursday, October 27, 2022
DEADLINE, by 11:59 pm, for the circuit court clerk to receive an absentee ballot application from an applicant requesting delivery of a ballot by mail. Applications may be submitted to the circuit court clerk in person or by mail, fax, email, or online through the Indiana Voter Portal at indianavoters.com.

Saturday, October 29, 2022
Office of the circuit court clerk must be open at least seven (7) hours to permit in-person absentee voting. However, in a county with a population of less than 20,000, the county election board may reduce hours to a minimum of four (4) hours on this date. Vote center counties must also have at least one vote center used on Election Day open for in-person early voting, in addition to the office of the circuit court clerk.

Saturday, November 5, 2022
Office of the circuit court clerk must be open for at least seven (7) hours to permit in-person absentee voting. However, in a county with a population of less than 20,000, the county election board may reduce hours to a minimum of four (4) hours on this date. Vote center counties must also have at least one vote center used on Election Day open for in-person early voting, in addition to the office of the circuit court clerk.

Monday, November 7, 2022
DEADLINE, by noon, for circuit court clerks to receive absentee ballot applications from confined voters or voters caring for a confined person requesting delivery of a ballot by absentee voter board. Applications may be submitted to the circuit court clerk in person or by mail, fax, email, or online through the Indiana Voter Portal at indianavoters.com.

DEADLINE, by noon, for a circuit court clerk to receive Federal Post Card Applications (FPCA) from military/overseas voters or an application from a voter with print disabilities requesting to vote
by email or fax.

DEADLINE, by noon, for a voter to vote an absentee ballot in the office of the circuit court clerk or satellite office.

DEADLINE for a confined voter, a voter caring for a confined person, or a voter with disabilities to vote an absentee ballot before an absentee voter board at the voter’s place of confinement.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
GENERAL ELECTION DAY
Polls are open 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., prevailing local time.

Steve Haaf featured in Spencer County Leader

Steve and Becky Haaff in their dining room with some of his memorabilia spread out on the table, including a recently acquired book signed by Abraham Lincoln’s father, Thomas Lincoln.

Haaff, who is also well-versed concerning the Lincoln family’s genealogy, is the man the Antiques Road Show calls for authentication if someone brings in a piece they believe was made by Thomas Lincoln. He is a dedicated researcher and a collector of Lincoln memorabilia.

Mike Griffin Puts Name on Ballot for State Representative of House District 75

© Zach Reuber February 11, 2020 From 18WJTS News

Warrick County resident Mike Griffin has put his name on the Republican ballot to run for state representative of House District 75.

With more than 40 years of experience in the finance industry, Griffin has developed new business while maintaining existing accounts and overseeing hundreds of employees.

Griffin wants to maintain the tax cuts current House Representative Ron Bacon put in place during his time in office. His platform also contains finishing bringing high-speed broadband infrastructure to the District, driving more funding to teacher pay and continuing to cut government red tape for more efficiency and protecting the First and Second Amendment rights of Hoosiers. While in office, Griffin would build on Governor Holcomb’s agenda of maternal and infant mortality by protecting the mothers and their unborn. He also believes there is still work to do when it comes to addressing Indiana’s drug epidemic.

House District 75, includes most of Warrick County and the Southern half of Spencer and Pike counties.

LEDBETTER ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY

CINDY LEDBETTER ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 75

Cindy Ledbetter, Councilwoman for Warrick County District 1, filed paperwork at the Statehouse in Indianapolis on Wednesday to affirm her candidacy for the District 75 seat in Indiana’s house of Representatives. District 75 encompasses most of Warrick, Southern Pike, and Southwestern Spencer Counties. 

Ms. Ledbetter a nurse practitioner who specializes in mental health, has over 25 years of medical, business, and administrative experience. She has managed both for profit and not for profit businesses and she has had ownership of a small manufucuring firm and a restaurant. 

Ms. Ledbetter is also active in her local community.  In 2015 she worked as a team leader with a local non-profit to raise community awareness to opiate overdose.  Her work as team leader led to Vanderburgh and Warrick County first responders and police officers carrying the life-saving medication Narcan.   In 2016 she traveled to San Antonio Texas as part of a research team with a goal to decrease the mental health population of the Vanderburgh County Jail.  Her jail diversion efforts lead to the development of the Evansville Mental Health Commission.  In 2017 she shifted her focus to Warrick County and in 2018 was elected to serve on the Warrick County Council.  Ms. Ledbetter resides in Newburgh Indiana and has a psychiatric practice in Evansville Indiana.

Ms. Ledbetter reports “I want to be a voice for the people and running for the House District 75 seat gives me a chance to make a difference on a larger scale”  She outlined four main areas of her campaign which include helping rural communities preserve their population and workforce, mental health/substance abuse, education and agriculture.

For additional information contact Cindy Ledbetter at:

https://votecindyledbetter.com

voteledbetter@gmail.com

812-449-1440

Keeping Spencer County Great!

MANY THINGS MAKE SPENCER COUNTY A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE WORK AND PLAY!

ONE OF THE MAJOR PARTS OF THAT ARE THE PEOPLE THAT SERVE IN PUBLIC OFFICE.

Here they are:

Click the picture for a video of the Republican team.

KEEPING SPENCER COUNTY GREAT!

VOTE REPUBLICAN NOVEMBER 6TH.