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Elkhart County accepts applications for absentee voting by mail

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Published: Mar. 23, 2018 at 4:30 PM EDT
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Elkhart County residents can now apply to vote absentee by mail for the 2018 county-wide elections.

To vote by mail, your application must be submitted by April 30.

You can either submit the application by email to elkhartcoabsentee@elkhartcounty.com

You can also either fax it to 574-535-6471, or mail or hand deliver it to their office at 101 N Main St. Goshen, IN.

To vote absentee in person, you can go to the County Administration Building in Goshen or Lincoln Center in Elkhart starting on April 10. Both locations are open from 8 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Friday and 9 am to 5 pm on Mondays.

Election Day is Tuesday, May 8.

Polls will be open 6 am to 6 pm at one of 27 locations across the county.

You must have a photo ID to vote absentee in person and to vote on Election Day. The ID must have the voter's photo, name, an expiration date, and must be issued by the State of Indiana or federal government. It can be expired if it's expired after November 8, 2016.

Make sure you're registered to vote well before April 9 at

If anyone is disabled or confined, they can vote by travel board, meaning the county will send a bipartisan team to help them mark their ballot. This does not require a photo ID.

The clerk of the Elkhart Circuit Court says local elections impact communities directly.

“The local offices affect people more directly in their day to day lives, so it's very important to go out and vote for those offices,” said Wendy Hudson, clerk of the Elkhart Circuit Court. “But then you have the legislators that are higher up on the ballot as well. They also affect peoples' lives. They vote for services you can get, they decide tax rates, they decide all kinds of things that affect people directly; so it's important to vote all the way down the ballot.”

For a full list of Elkhart County candidates,

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