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Registered? Deadline Monday for May primary

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Monday is the final day to register to vote for the May 6 primary.

Eligible voters may sign up at the voter registration office inside the Bartholomew County Courthouse by 5 p.m. Monday or online at, Bartholomew County Elections supervisor Jay Phelps said. Mailed applications will be accepted as long as they are postmarked by Monday, he said.

Bartholomew County is transitioning to voting centers, but that concept won’t begin until 2015’s city elections.

Traditional precinct voting — with one appointed polling place and one location for early voters — will be in place during next month’s primary and the November election.

As in 2012, absentee voting will only be offered at the Bartholomew County Courthouse the two Saturdays prior to the primary. Early ballots may be cast from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 26 and May 3, Phelps said. Four Bartholomew County precincts will have a different polling place for the primary and fall election.

Nearly 2,000 registered voters in Precincts 900 and 1800 will vote at Healing Waters Church, 2330 Midway St., instead of the Hamilton Center Ice Arena, which is undergoing renovations.

Registered voters in precincts 4400 and 4450, about 1,729 voters, will cast ballots at Faith Lutheran Church on West State Road 46 West, about a mile west of Columbus, instead of the Harrison Township Fire Department. The change was made out of safety and parking concerns, County Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz said.

A year from now, Columbus voters will be the first in Bartholomew County to cast ballots at any of six centralized vote centers that were approved in February.

In 2016, all county voters will be able to cast ballots at any of 17 voting centers instead of voting at 66 neighborhood voting precincts. Additionally, early voting will be extended to seven county locations instead of just at the courthouse.

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