CROWN POINT | Voter interest appears tepid in the first week of the early voting period for the Munster school referendum.
The Lake County election board reported only 46 people have cast absentee ballots by mail or in person since voting began April 8.
School Town of Munster officials are asking registered voters living in Munster to raise taxes 19.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. They said this is needed to prevent significant cutbacks in school operations.
Voters may cast early ballots in person from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the election board offices, 2293 N. Main St., Crown Point, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 and May 4.
The election board will open a satellite early voting location at 10 a.m. Monday at Munster Town Hall, 1005 Ridge Road. Early voting hours in Munster will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Saturday voting hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 and May 4.
Mail-in absentee ballots can be cast through April 29, and early in-person voting ends at noon May 6 at both locations.
Election Day voting takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 7.
Election day polling locations include: Eads Elementary School, Munster High School, Munster Fire Station 2, Munster Town Hall, Wilbur Wright Middle School, Carmelite Hall, Elliot Elementary School, Frank Hammond Elementary School, Munster Community Social Center, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fairmeadow Church of the Nazarene, Centennial Park and the Munster branch of the Lake County Public Library.