Changes afoot for Primary Election

By Joseph Slacian

Because of the coronavirus, the May 5 Primary Election was pushed back to June 2 by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Registered voters who feel comfortable being in public may vote in person, Wabash County Clerk Lori Draper said in a news release Wednesday, May 6. However, any registered voter may vote absentee in the primary by requesting an absentee ballot.

Those wishing an absentee-by-mail application should contact Draper’s office, 260-563-0661, Ext. 1238, or visit the Indiana Secretary of State’s website,

Ballot applications for voting by mail must be received by Thursday, May 21.

In-person voting in Wabash County, which will begin on Tuesday, May 26, will have major changes this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Draper noted.

There will be no voting in the clerk’s office at the Judicial Annex, she said.

Early voting will take place at the O.J. Neighbours Elementary School gymnasium, 1545 N. Wabash St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, May 29, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30.

Voting also will take place at the Neighbours gymnasium from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, June 1.

“Clerks will comply with all CDC recommendations and guidelines to minimize public health risks while providing in-person voting or for those working as election workers,” Draper said.

There will only be two places to vote on Election Day, June 2.

Voting will take place at the Neighbours gym and at the Manchester High School gymnasium, 1 Squire Drive, North Manchester.

“We are using only these two locations,” Draper said. “As the county’s election administrator, the county clerks are committed to providing a safe and secure election.”

Posted on 2020 May 12