Record primary turnout possible

It now appears a record-setting turnout is possible for the May 3 primary election, Bartholomew County Clerk Jay Phelps said.

During the first seven days of early voting that ended Monday, 453 residents had cast ballots at the courthouse.

That figure is 46 percent higher than the comparable period for the presidential primary in 2008, when 311 residents voted early.

A preliminary estimate of registered voters in Bartholomew County is about 3.6 percent higher than in the 2008 primary and 7.7 percent more than in 2012.

Early voting at the courthouse will continue weekdays through May 2, with Saturday voting scheduled on April 23 and 30 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Starting April 25, three satellite locations also will provide early voting opportunities: Donner Center on 22nd St., MainSource Bank on West Jonathan Moore Pike and Flintwood Wesleyan Church on 25th Street. Weekday hours at the satellite locations will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 29.