In-person postal voting begins Tuesday | Local News

Monday, April 4, is the last day for Hoosiers to register to vote in the May 3 primary election, as in-person mail-in voting begins Tuesday.

Hoosiers can register online at until 11:59 p.m. today. Additionally, voters can register at their county’s voter registration office. In the department of Vigo, this office in the courthouse is open until 4 p.m. today.

Also, voters can mail in a voter registration, but it must be postmarked with today’s date — April 4 — said Vada Long, co-director of the County Voter Registration Office. Vigo.

To register to vote in Indiana, a voter must have a valid Indiana driver’s license or state ID card, be a U.S. citizen, be at least 18 years old at the time of election, have lived in a precinct for at least 30 days, and not currently imprisoned or convicted of a crime.

17-year-old young adults are allowed to register and vote in the primary as long as they turn 18 in the Nov. 8 general election.

On Tuesday, registered voters in Vigo County can vote by mail at the Vigo County Annex, 147 Oak St., during office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at Haute City Center, 3401 SUS 41, from 10 a.m. a.m. to 6 p.m.

A sample ballot can be found on the Vigo County website at

Once online on the county website, go to the top right corner for the menu and click on the menu. Then click on county offices. Scroll down to County Clerk and click the down arrow by clerk. Then click on Elections.

This will show the voting centers, with hours of operation and locations. Scroll down and click on 2022 sample ballots. There are sample ballots for all 88 precincts in the county.

However, in order for a voter to determine which precinct they live in, they must call the county’s voter registration office.

“They should call the office. We’ll look up their address and we can tell them what neighborhood they live in,” Long said. In Vigo County, that number is 812-462-3393.

“People need to understand that in Indiana, once you’re registered, unless you move or change your name, you’re usually still registered. So they can check with us because they might already be recorded,” Long said. “Or they can check online,” she said on the state’s website at

As of Friday, Vigo County had 74,249 registered voters, with 217 registrations awaiting approval, Long said. This number will change after Monday.

In the May 2020 primary elections, there were 71,377 registered voters in Vigo County.

“So we’re a bit more up” from the 2020 primary election, Long said.

Tribune-Star File/Joseph C. GarzaReady for the ballot box: Initial clerk Jessica Long, right, helps voter Viola Smith prepare her ballot for the ballot box on the first day of in-person voting in May 2020 in the annex of the county of Vigo.

Looking at the poll, at the state level, there are 25 seats in the Indiana Senate for the elections and 100 seats in the House of Representatives. Of those 53 incumbents are undisputed, with 42 undisputed incumbents in the House and 11 undisputed in the Senate. However, party officials can fill vacancies after the primary.

Federally, Republican incumbent U.S. Senator Todd Young and Democrat Thomas McDermott, Mayor of Hammond, are unchallenged in the primary.

In the county of Vigo there are seven races contested, including one race contested by the state.

Contested county races for Republicans include the District 1 County Commissioner seat between Mark Clinkenbeard and Johnny Norton; Vigo County Council seat of District 3 between Ryan Cummins and Ben Pence; District 4 County Council seat between Travis L. Norris (incumbent) and Jason Walker.

The only disputed state race is for Indiana House District 45 between Bruce Borders (incumbent) and Jeff Ellington.

The disputed Democratic races include the Vigo County Superior Court Division 1 judge between Noah Gambill, John Nichols and Jason Saunders. Outgoing Judge John Roach is not seeking re-election.

The District 1 County Council headquarters between Erick Beverly, Jeff Fisher, and Ed Ping; District 3 County Council seat between David Hoopingarner and Vicki Weger (incumbent).

In a look across the Wabash Valley, the county sheriff’s race is the race to watch. Republicans have four contested candidates in Parke and Clay counties, while Democrats have two contested candidates in Vermillion County. There are also two contested Republican candidates for sheriff in Sullivan County.

In Vigo County, there is no contested race for sheriff in the primary. However, incumbent Democratic Sheriff John Plasse will face Republican challenger Aaron Loudermilk in November’s general election.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or Follow on Twitter @TribStarHoward.

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