What you need to know about Indiana’s primary during the pandemic

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — There have been a lot of questions about how this year’s primary will be conducted amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Indiana voters were originally scheduled to vote in the primary on May 5, but the date was pushed back to June 2 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Today, voters learned more about how Primary Day will be held and how you can make sure your voice is heard.

The Indiana Election Commission’s order included the following changes, which will apply to the June 2 primary only:

  • Limited early in-person voting will be available for one week, from May 26 to June 1.
  • Poll workers are currently required to live in the county they work for. This requirement is waived so long as the voter is registered to vote in Indiana.
  • The Secretary of State and the Indiana Election Division will provide counties with training and guidelines on mail handling procedures and personal protective equipment.
  • The Commission advises that all public buildings, such as fire stations and school buildings, be available for use for the June 2 primary.
  • All absentee ballot applications submitted after December 2 will be accepted regardless of excuse given, as long as they are otherwise compliant with Indiana law.
  • County election boards may adopt more than one central count location.
  • Counties may move a polling location after giving best possible notice to the public.

For the first time, every voter has the option to vote by mail in Indiana.

Keep in mind, if you’d like to use this voting method, you’ll need to request a ballot.

Important dates to know about 2020 primary:

  • Deadline to register to vote: May 3rd
  • Deadline to request absentee ballot: May 21st
  • Early voting: May 26 – June 1st
  • New primary day: June 2nd

Lawson adds officials have applied for a nearly $8 million dollar federal loan to make sure polling places are clean, safe and secure come June.

“We are using that money to purchase masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting supplies for voting systems, electronic poll books and general services,” she said.

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