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Allen election board offers voting tips, resources

Monday is the first day to vote early in person

Statement as issued Wednesday:

With Election Day just a few weeks away, the Allen County Election Board is reminding voters to become familiar with the voting process now and consider taking advantage of early voting opportunities.

The Election Board has the following tips to improve the voting experience.

Visit the Election Board Website

The Election Board’s website at is full of important voter information, including absentee ballot applications, election deadlines and instructions. The site also provides a link to sample ballots on a newly redesigned mapping website made available in cooperation with the Allen County GIS department. The site now links to voter registration data and allows voters to verify their voter registration status, view sample ballots and locate their Election Day polling location, complete with pictures and driving directions, all in one stop. The mapping site also contains other important election data including precinct by precinct redistricting changes, political district maps and how-to videos.

The Election Board encourages voters to use resources and information provided directly from the Indiana Secretary of State’s office or the local Election Board. Other election related internet resources may have outdated forms and information relating to Allen County elections.

Early Voting

During the 2008 Presidential Election, over 30,000 Allen County residents voted before Election Day. The Election Board expects the popularity of early voting will continue in this election.

Voters who qualify may request an application for a mailed absentee ballot. A complete list of qualifications and the application can be downloaded from Voters may also call the Election Board office at 260-449-7329 for information about this voting method. Applications must be returned to the Election Board office by fax, email or US postal mail no later than 11:59 PM on October 29, 2012. Voted ballots must be returned to the Election Board office no later than noon on Election Day.

Beginning Monday, October 8th, registered voters do not need to meet any additional qualifications to vote early in person in the Election Board office at 1 West Superior. Hours for voting at this location are Monday, October 8th through Friday, November 2nd from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Saturday, October 27th and November 3rd, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and Monday, November 5th, 8:00 AM until 12:00 noon. Voters must have acceptable photo id to vote in person, whether early at the Election Board office or on Election Day at the polls.

For further information, contact Beth Dlug, Director of Elections, at 260-449-7329.

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