Election Day has finally arrived, and for those Jackson County residents who haven’t already done so, it’s time to head to the polls.
If you’re not one of the record number of people who have already voted, the polls opened at 6 a.m. today and will remain open until 6 p.m.
The number of people who have already voted in the county stood at 10,154 on Monday with the possibility of more ballots being mailed in through midnight.
In-person early voting ended at noon Monday. The number of registered voters casting ballots wound up at 7,862 with 5,089 people voting at the Seymour site and another 2,773 people voting at the Brownstown site.
An additional 2,172 people voted through mail-in ballot, and 120 more voted through a traveling board. The preliminary total of early voters as of Monday afternoon was 10,154 or 35.4% of the 28,648 registered voters.
In the 2016 general election, 5,054 or 28% of the 30,353 voted before Election Day.
If you’re headed to the polls today. you will need a valid government-issued identification with a photograph, and it must be current through the last general election (Nov. 8, 2018). It can be a driver’s license, a passport or any identification issued by the state or federal government.
Contested races include president of the United States between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and current Republican President Donald Trump.
Hoosiers also are voting for governor and attorney general. Incumbent Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican, faces challenges from Democrat Woody Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater.
The attorney general candidates are Democrat Jonathan Weinzapfel and Republican Todd Rokita.
Locally, District 69 state representative will be decided between incumbent Jim Lucas (R), Katrina Hardwick (I) and Jeffery Prewitt (D). All three live in Seymour.
The Ninth Congressional District representative race features Trey Hollingsworth (R) and Andy Ruff (D).
In Jackson County, the race for coroner has come down to Paul Foster (R) and Jeff Walters (D).
In the race for county commissioner District 2 are Bob Gillaspy (R) and John Schafstall (D).
There are six candidates vying for three at-large county council seats: Dave Hall (R), John Nolting (R), Brett Turner (R), Brad Smith (D), Scott Olsen (D) and Yvonne Willhite (D).
And in Crothersville, Chad Ord and Jerad Sporleder are vying for the District 1 board of school trustees seat.
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Anyone planning to vote on Election Day must be a registered voter and have a valid government-issued identification with a photograph, and it must be current through the last general election (Nov. 8, 2018). It can be a driver’s license, a passport or any identification issued by the state or federal government.
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today to issue identification cards and driver’s licenses that may be used for identification at a polling place.
The license branches only will process new, amended or replacement identification cards, driver’s licenses and learner permits.
The BMV provides free state-issued identification cards for voting purposes to any unlicensed Hoosier as long as he or she can provide proper documentation and will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next general or municipal election.
A complete list of documents required to obtain a new state identification card or driver’s license may be found at mybmv.com.
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For information about the election or to determine where you vote, visit indianavoters.in.gov.