Voters wanting to avoid lines at the polls or who just want to vote on their own time can cast a ballot beginning Tuesday.
The Jackson County Public Library at 303 W. Second St. in Seymour and the Jackson County Judicial Center at 109 S. Sugar St. in Brownstown are once again serving as early voting sites ahead of the Nov. 5 general election.
Registered voters in Seymour, Brownstown, Medora and Crothersville municipal elections will be able to vote in the Seymour library’s upstairs quiet study room from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 and 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 4.
Hours for voting at the judicial center are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the week, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 4.
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Absentee voting through the traveling election board will begin Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Julia Aker, director of the Jackson County Public Library, said the library benefits from being an early voting site.
"We had people in here that normally don’t visit us, and some were surprised to see everything that we have in the Seymour Library," she said. "People attending our programs and just using library services were happy to be able to have a one-stop opportunity to include voting."
Aker said a lot of people didn’t realize they could vote early.
"Any registered voter can do it and not be locked into voting on Nov. 5 or mailing in an absentee ballot," she said.
In Seymour, voters will choose between Republican Matt Nicholson and Democrat Rexanne Ude to replace Mayor Craig Luedeman who decided not to seek a fourth term.
Other decisions include the clerk-treasurer race where Republican Darrin Boas and Democrat Robin Carpenter are looking to fill the position being vacated by Fred Lewis, who is wrapping up his seventh term in office.
Seven candidates are vying to fill two at-large seats on the Seymour City Council. They are Republicans Brett Cunningham and Drew Storey, Democrats Lloyd Hudson and Joshua Ratliff, Independent Eric DiBlasi Jr. and Libertarians Erin Meadors and Richard Meadors.
For the city council District 1 seat, incumbent Democrat John Reinhart is facing a challenge from Republican Matthew Wheeler.
In District 2, incumbent Republican Jerry Hackney is up against Independent Chad Malone.
Three candidates are seeking the District 3 city council seat. They are Republican Chad Hubbard, Democrat Ollie Knott and Independent Marcus Sewell.
There is no race in District 4, as Republican Seth Davidson has no challenger on the ballot.
And District 5 is a race between incumbent Independent David Earley and Republican Michael Fickert.
On the ballot for clerk-treasurer in Brownstown is Republican Sonya Nale and incumbent Democrat David Willey.
For town council, Democrat Pamela Fleetwood is challenging incumbent Republican Greg Goshorn for the Ward 1 seat. Incumbent Republican Sharon Koch is unopposed for the Ward 2 seat, incumbent Republican Gary Drake is unopposed for the Ward 3 seat, incumbent Democrat Mark Reynolds is unopposed for the Ward 4 seat and Republican Timothy Robinson is unopposed for the Ward 5 seat.
Eight candidates are running for five seats on the Crothersville Town Council. They are incumbent Republican Danieta Foster, Republicans Jamy Greathouse, Jason Hillenburg and Katie Masters and incumbent Republican Chad Wilson and Democrats Brandon "Kyle" McIntosh, Cedric Nichols and Geoffrey Walker.
Incumbent Medora clerk-treasurer Democrat Betty Campbell is unopposed on the ballot.
Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Medora Town Council. They are Republicans Jerry Ault, Rhonda Freeman and incumbent Jim Davers and incumbent Democrat Robert Thompson.
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Early voting begins Tuesday at the Jackson County Public Library, 303 W. Second St., Seymour, and will continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 and 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 4.
A second polling site also will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays beginning Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 4 at the Jackson County Judicial Center, 109 S. Sugar St., Brownstown.
A traveling board for those who are homebound will operate from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 28.