Election 2020

Early voting begins today


Early voting begins today in an election that features four local contested races.

Polls open at 9 a.m. today at the 4-H Building, 400 Parke Ave. In following social distancing guidelines, voting machines will be spaced apart and sanitized between each person.

Voters can cast ballots at the fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 30. The vote center will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the two Saturdays leading up to Election Day Nov. 3 and from 8 a.m. to noon the day before.

Early voting will also be available at Rock Point Church, 429 W. C.R. 150S, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 and 31 and from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26-30.

The courthouse is not open for early voting because of social distancing concerns.

Voters must show a photo ID to cast a ballot. Voter registration ended Monday.

Three incumbents are in contested races on the ballot this fall. District 1 Commissioner John Frey, a Republican, is being challenged by Independent Jacob Arthur.

County councilman Gary Booth is one of four candidates for the three at-large seats along with Republicans Jake Bohlander and David Hunt and Democrat Summer Kiefer Ervin.

North Montgomery school board member Kathy Crawford, who represents North Union Township, faces a challenge from Darrin Bechtel in the nonpartisan race.

The remaining contested race is for Superior Court 2 judge between Republican Daniel Petrie and Independent Chris Redmaster.

Uncontested local offices on the ballot this fall include Superior Court 1 judge, clerk, recorder, coroner, surveyor, District 3 commissioner and Crawfordsville, North and South Montgomery school boards.

There’s still time to request a mailed absentee ballot. Deadline is Oct. 22. Applications can be downloaded from the county’s website at www.montgomerycounty.in.gov.


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