Lake County elections board holds a public voting test

Lake County Elections Director Michelle Fajman, left, instructs Dennis Hawrot, a Democratic member of the elections board how to cast a test ballot to ensure voting machines will accurately count votes for the upcoming Hammond and Hobart school referendum

CROWN POINT — Lake County elections officials are preparing for the Nov. 7 school referendum vote in Hammond and Hobart.

Members of the Lake County elections board met Tuesday to publicly test several electronic voting machines, as required by state law, to ensure they will correctly count the vote.

No candidates are running for public office this year, but the two school districts have requested a public referendum to authorize millions in property tax dollars for building improvements and student instruction.

Early voting begins Oct. 11 at: the Hammond County Courthouse, 232 Russell St., Hammond; the Hobart Police Community Center, 705 E. 4th St., Hobart; and the Lake County Government Center, 2293 N. Main St., Room A-205, Crown Point.

Voting will conclude Nov. 7 at 60 polling places in Hammond and 20 polling places in Hobart. The board voted to move the polling place for Hammond 4-2 and Hammond 4-7 from a business at 649 Mulberry St. to Thomas Edison School, 7025 Madison St.

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Bill has reported in Lake County since 1972 after graduating from Indiana University. He has worked for The Times since 1997, covering the courts and local government during much of his tenure. Born and raised in New Albany, Ind., he is a native Hoosier.