Lake officials prepare for early voting this fall

2012-09-06T21:00:00Z Lake officials prepare for early voting this fallBy Bill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
September 06, 2012 9:00 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Lake elections officials are preparing to receive early voters for the fall general election.

Sally LaSota, elections director, said voting machines will be in place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays beginning Oct. 9 in the Lake County Board of Elections and Registration office, 2293 N. Main St., here.

Early voting will open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning the same day at five satellite locations: the St. John Township assessor's office, 9155 U.S. 41, St. John; the Winfield Township trustee's office, 10645 Randolph St., Winfield; and the county courthouses at 3711 Main St., East Chicago; 15 W. Fourth Ave., Gary; and 232 Russell St., Hammond.

Special weekend voting periods will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 in Crown Point, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the same dates at the five satellite locations.

The final day of early voting is from 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 in Crown Point and from 9 a.m. to noon at the satellite sites.

LaSota said voter registration movements have been relatively quiet this year compared to 2008 when intensive efforts were made to bring in more voters. Indiana residents have until Oct. 9 to register to vote in the fall general election.

The nonpartisan Voter Participation Center in Washington, D.C., said U.S. Census data suggests there are more than 1.8 million Hoosiers who are eligible to vote, but haven't registered.

It plans to send voter registration applications around the state with information about voter registration, according to a spokeswoman, Jenna Alsayegh.

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