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The primary election is 18 days away, but about 100 Bartholomew County voters already have cast ballots.

As of Tuesday, 35 residents had voted early at the County Courthouse. Another 59 ballots of 144 requested had been cast by absentee voters.

Absentee voting by mail began April 4 and in-person early voting started April 8.

The last day to request an absentee ballot is Thursday.

If history is an example, more registered voters will cast ballots in advance before the May 6 primary.

Four years ago, when similar countywide offices were on the primary ballot, 8,794 machine ballots and 844 absentee ballots were cast. That was from a potential 49,074 registered voters.

In 2012, which was a presidential election year, of 50,750 Bartholomew County residents registered to vote, 10,880 people cast machine ballots and 1,234 voted absentee.

Eligibility requirements must be met in order to vote absentee by mail, but most voters are eligible if going to the polls presents a hardship. A full list of requirements is available in the County Clerk’s office at the Courthouse or on the clerk’s website.

The final two Saturdays before the primary election, April 26 and May 3, in-person absentee voting at the County Courthouse is available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In-person absentee voters and those who vote at the polls on Election Day must present a photo identification. In most cases, an Indiana driver license, Indiana photo ID card, military ID or U.S. passport is sufficient.

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