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The Journal Gazette

September 23, 2016 2:49 PM

Allen election board issues absentee ballots

The Journal Gazette

The Allen County Election Board reported it issued more than 2,100 absentee ballots Friday, starting off the early local voting season for the presidential election.

Mailed absentee ballots are sent to registered voters who complete an application and meet certain requirements, such as being absent from the county on Election Day, or who would not be able to vote because they can't get transportation to the polls.

Applications for mailed ballots must be received by the Election Board no later than 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31 and can be faxed, mailed, emailed or hand-delivered to the Election Board office. Applications and a complete list of eligibility requirements can be found at the Election Board’s website -- www.allencountyvoters.info.

The board is advising voters to review ballot instructions carefully for new rules regarding straight-party voting. Because of a legislative change to clarify voter intent, the 2016 law removes the straight-party ticket function for casting votes for all multi-seat at-large races. This will affect the Allen County Council at-large race during the 2016 election. If a voter chooses to vote a straight-party ticket, that voting mark will cast a vote for all candidates in that party, except for the at-large county council race. In that race, the voter must choose each candidate he or she wishes to vote for with a separate voting mark.

Public questions and nonpartisan judicial and school board races must also be marked separately. Specific instructions will be included with each mailed ballot packet.

For more information, residents can contact Beth Dlug, director of elections, at (260) 449-7329.