Early Voting To Begin This Week

Early voting will begin Monday in some places, despite the Columbus Day Holiday.

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A worker plants campaign signs outside a voter forum in North Vernon.

Some counties will begin early voting Tuesday because of Columbus Day, but some clerks’ offices will ignore the holiday and open for voters despite the holiday.

Monroe County Clerk Linda Robbins expects half of all the county’s voters will opt to cast their votes early.

“This is purely conjecture, but I’m assuming we’re going to see about maybe 3,000 for early vote and maybe 2,000 at the polls. On the high end of that, we could have 12,000, but I would be very surprised,” Robbins says.

Marion County Clerk Beth White says with in-person absentee balloting now allowed in clerks’ offices, more voters want to make sure their votes are cast, rather than risking complications on Election Day.

Robbins expects low turnout overall — the only contested races in the entire county are a pair of races for Bloomington’s Common Council. Mayor Mark Kruzan is unopposed, and the towns of Ellettsville and Stinesville called off their elections entirely because there were no contested races at all.

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