The 2008 presidential primary has attracted a great deal of interest and attention. Indiana, for the first time in decades, is included in that attention. But if you plan on voting May 6th, you must register by Monday April 7th.
"We've received over 800 applications already which is good news," says Rita Glenn, St. Joseph County Clerk.
Two of the registration forms are from Bill and Lisa Bloom. They came Monday to the 4th floor of the County City Building to change their address.
"It's interesting that so late in the primary season that the nomination is still up for grabs," Bill Bloom says. “It’s good for democracy. My mom, who I don't think has voted since Nixon, is voting this year."
"It seems like our vote matters right now at least in the primary,” Lisa adds. "It is nice to make a difference. It's nice to feel like there's something you can actually swing this time."
Monday was also the first day to vote absentee. Eighty-eight year old John Pishnoff didn’t waste any time to cast his vote. After decades of voting and working at the polls, he says there’s something different about this election—a woman and an African American closer than ever to the White House.
"It's unbelievable in my time that I see something like that. It's exciting,” Pishnoff says. “I should say that all the people in the world you haven't voted are going to vote this year."
You are able to vote absentee Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm at the County City Building or the County Service Building in Mishawaka. Also, you can vote on the last two Saturdays before the election from 8am-4pm. Anyone can vote absentee in person, but to mail in your absentee vote, you will need a reason for doing so.
If you’ve voted before, there is no need to register. Folks who have changed their name or address, like the Blooms, are required to do so. That’s also the case if it’s your first time voting.
If this is your first time voting, you will need to include identification showing your name and address, such as a bank statement, pay check, drivers license, passport, or utility bill. This can be presented when you register or when you vote.
Several locations have changed this year.
Folks usually voting at the German Township Community building will now be at the German Township Fire Station. River Park Library voters are now designated to vote at John Adams High School. South Bend Academy has been changed to Grace United Methodist Church. Voters accustomed to the Joyce Center at Notre Dame will now be at Legends. Finally, the Public Safety Training Facility in Mishawaka has been moved to #3 Fire Station on Douglas Road.
People affected by the changes will receive notification about their new voting location.