CROWN POINT | Early voting begins Tuesday with no changes in the eight locations Lake County residents can use to cast a ballot before the May 6 primary.
Election officials declined Monday to move the early vote site in the Winfield Township trustee's office, 10645 Randolph St., despite a plea from Winfield Town Councilwoman Paulette Skinner that voters there would intrude on the privacy of the trustee's food pantry recipients.
Skinner, who is challenging Winfield Trustee Rolland "Rollie" Brauer in the Republican primary this spring, said the location of the voting booth was too close to food pantry entrance.
"The reception area is no larger than this table. I just want to preserve the dignity of the those in need," she said.
Board members said they were sensitive to those in need, but Skinner's request came too late to move the voting location for this primary. They said they would consider a different location in the next election.
The polling place has been in the same building as the Winfield Township trustee since 2010. The election board announced in February it would use the location again.
In Lake County, 109 candidates are in 34 primary contests for the votes of their party faithful.
Early voting also is scheduled at the election board office, Lake County Government Complex, 2293 N. Main St., Crown Point; the Gary Public Safety Building, 555 Polk St.; satellite county courthouses at 3711 Main St., East Chicago, and 232 Russell St., Hammond; Munster Town Hall, 1005 Ridge Road; St. John Township assessor's office, 9155 U.S. 41, St. John; and Lowell Town Hall, 501 E. Main St.
Early voting hours run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from April 8 to May 2 at the Crown Point location, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the eight other locations.
Weekend early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and Saturday, May 3, in Crown Point, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on those days at the other locations.
The final day of early voting will be May 5.