Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

April 30, 2010

County ready for 2010 election

By Brenda L. Holmes
CNHI

PLAINFIELD — Laura Herzog, election supervisor for Hendricks County, said she and her staff are ready for the 2010 primary election on May 4.

She said there haven’t really been any surprises leading up to it.

“We didn’t have a last minute surge of voter registrations,” Herzog said. “It stayed pretty normal. As far as absentee/early voting, it’s been a steady pace. It’s just started to peak over the last few days. This week has been the busiest. I’m pretty sure it will stay busy through noon on Monday.”

Other than the 2008 general election, which saw a large voter turnout, Herzog said Hendricks County elections are pretty steady.

“I looked back four years ago and it was similar to his election,” she said. “And we are right on track as far as absentee votes.”

The biggest challenge in ‘08 was the volume of voters.

“Even with all that volume, we did pretty well,” Herzog said. “Once we got past the volume, everything else was cake.”

Volunteers for polling sights have all been set. Well, pretty much anyway.

“If you would have called last week, I would have said ‘no’ we don’t have enough volunteers,” Herzog said. “I don’t know how we do it, but it luckily it all comes together. As of right now we need one.”

She said they always have a few extra volunteers on call to fill in the last minute positions.

“Usually, we only will need them if someone gets sick,” Herzog said.

She said she enjoys the energy in the office as any election approaches, but is always ready for it to be over.

Voters are reminded that they are required to provide a photo ID that displays their photo and name, contains an expiration date and is current, and was issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government.

The law requiring photo identifications has been in effect since July 1, 2005.

In most cases, an Indiana driver’s license, Indiana photo ID card, U.S. passport, or Military ID will be sufficient.

Those who do not have a valid photo ID may obtain one free of charge from any BMV license branch. The law also provides specific exceptions for voters with religious objections to being photographed, indigent voters, and residents at state institutions that also serve as polling places.

Voters who are unable to provide photo ID at the polls will be able to cast provisional ballots.

Hendricks County has 99 precincts, each with a polling site for voters to cast their ballot on election day.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and voters must vote in the precinct they are assigned to.

Those who didn’t get registered in time for the primary election may still register for the November election.

Mail-in registration forms may be picked up at any license branch, any town hall, any public library, any workforce development office, any WIC/family services office, any high school, from tax form booklets, and at the county voter registration office.

Once completed, the form must be returned to Hendricks County Voter Registration, 355 S. Washington St., Suite 218, Danville, IN 46122.

Eligible voters are U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years of age at the next general election, who have lived in their precinct at least 30 days before the election, and who are not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime.

brenda.holmes@flyergroup.com