Early absentee voting began today in Monroe County.
Though early voting is done in person, it is a form of absentee balloting designed for those unable to make it to the polls on Election Day.
“The state of Indiana,” County Clerk Linda Robbins says, “has tried very hard to make it accessible to get the ballot to the people, including our early absentee.”
Robbins says longer evening and weekend hours will accommodate voters who were previously unable to vote in person.
“We don’t open ‘til 10:00,” she says, “but we’re open until 6:00PM, and that will help accommodate a lot of people who work.”
A new feature this year also makes it easier for the visually impaired to fill out and confirm a ballot.
“This can be used for people who have eye, visual trouble, even macular degeneration,” she explains “You can change the way the screen looks to them.”
The early voting site in Bloomington is in the Curry Building at 7th and Morton streets, near the justice center.
The voting hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00AM to 6:00 PM, and Saturday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.