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Voter registration closes Monday

by James Ehle - jehle@h-ponline.com

Huntington County residents must register by Monday, Oct. 7 to have their say in the municipal election on Nov. 5.

Voters registering in the county clerks’ office must do so by the close of business on Monday, Oct. 7 and voters registering online have until midnight Monday night.

The Huntington county clerks office is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. and is located in room 201 of the Huntington County Courthouse at 201 N Jefferson St.

Hoosiers can register to vote online by using the Indiana Voters app (available on iPhone and Android) or by visiting www.IndianaVoters.com. Citizens can also submit an application to register in person at their local county clerk’s office.

In addition to registration, the Indianavoters.com and the app allow Hoosiers to look up their polling place, get directions to their polling location, find out who’s on their ballot, track their absentee ballot application or provisional ballot information and contact local election officials.

Election day voting locations in Huntington are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 5 and include:

n Cottage Event Center at 9524 US 24 North at Locust, Roanoke, Ind. 46783

n Heritage Hall / Huntington County Fairgrounds, 631 E Taylor St, Huntington, Ind. 46750

n Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N Jefferson St., Huntington, Ind. 46750

n Nazarene Church gym, 1555 Flaxmill Road, Huntington, Ind. 46750

n Warren Church of Christ, 302 N Wayne St., Warren, Ind. 46792

n Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, 1160 W and 500 N, Huntington, Ind. 46750

Early voting locations have also been set up across Huntington County.

The American Legion located at 1410 S Jefferson St, Huntington, Ind. 46750 is holding early voting in the back banquet room on Oct. 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cottage Event Center is open for early voting on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Huntington County Courthouse has early voting from Oct. 8 through Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA has early voting Oct. 30 and 31 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 2019 Municipal Election is only for voters who live within the boundaries of the City of Huntington and the Towns of Andrews, Markle, Roanoke and Warren.

In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must:

n be a citizen of the United States,

n be at least 18 years old by Election Day,

n have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before the election; and

n not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.

“I urge all eligible Hoosiers to exercise their right to vote,” said Secretary Lawson in a press release from the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State. “It only takes a few minutes to register and can be done online at any time.”

The 2019 municipal election in Huntington County will include a ballot for every registered voter with Huntington School Corporation Referendum questions. 

Voters will have an opportunity to vote on whether Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) will impose a property tax rate that will not exceed six cents on each $100 of assessed valuation over the next eight years.

The property tax increase would be used toward funding academic and educationally-related programs, managing class sizes, school safety initiatives, and attracting and retaining teachers.

Voters will also have an opportunity to vote yes or no on a potential HCCSC Referendum, which if approved, would include renovation and improvements to Huntington North High School and related campus improvements. The estimated cost for the referendum would be $68,480,000 or less and the proposed property tax would increase to around 33 cents (a maximum of $0.3381) per $100 of assessed valuation.

The 2019 municipal candidates for Mayor include Larry D. Buzzard in the Republican party, and Independent candidates Johnnie Hiles and Richard Strick.

The ballot will also include voting for city and town council members and treasurers.

Voters with questions can call the Hoosier Voter Hotline at 866-IN-1-VOTE.