March 30, 2020
The Indiana Election Commission issued IEC Order 2020-37 with the following provisions on March 25, 2020:
- The date of the Primary Election is postponed to June 2, 2020
- Voters are not required to mark a reason on the application for a mailed absentee ballot for the June 2, 2020 election
- In-person voting is still required to be held for the 28 day period before the election
- Allows for employees of residential or in-patient healthcare facilities to serve as traveling board members to assist voters in their care
- Extends the period of time for the election board to canvass results to 10 days after the election
March 25, 2020
The Allen County Election Board will be temporarily closed to the public and operating with only essential personnel. We will continue to take telephone calls, emails, faxes and process absentee ballot applications and ballots. We continue to encourage absentee by mail voting for the June 2 primary. If you do not qualify for one of the reasons listed on the absentee by mail application, please check back with us after today's meeting of the Indiana Election Commission for further instructions.
March 20, 2020
Governor Holcomb signed an executive order to suspend Indiana’s election statute and move the dates in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. The executive order is posted at in.gov/gov/2384.htm. The following recommendations will be made to the Indiana Election Commission for their consideration at a meeting on Wednesday, March 25th, at 10:00 AM:
- Suspend absentee by mail rules to allow all Hoosiers the option to vote by mail in the upcoming primary election
- Allow election officials to mail ballots from now through 12 days before the new primary election date
- Confirm ballots with a May 5, 2020 date will be valid
- Enable medical professionals to be eligible members of travellng boards to vote nursing home and hospital patients
- Give family members teh ability to deliver absentee ballots. Currently, only a member of the voter's household may take possession of their ballot.
The Allen County Election Board will begin immediate preparations for the date change.
March 18, 2020
The Rousseau Centre has been closed to the public for most county offices beginning March 18th until April 1, 2020. The Election Board staff will continue to respond to telephone calls, emails and faxes. Many of the transactions with our office can be handled remotely during this two week period and do not require a trip to our office. Please call ahead at 260-449-7329 if you want to visit our office in person during this time. The first round of absentee ballots will be mailed out on Friday, March 20.
March 15, 2020
The Allen County Election Board looks forward to the first batch of 2020 Presidential Primary ballots being sent out March 20, 2020. As we prepare for this election, we are also monitoring the COVID-19 virus and making plans to prevent the spread of the virus during voting in this important election.
Act early. The United States Post Office advises that first class mail turnaround is at least three to five days and the mailed absentee application deadline is April 23rd. After we receive the application, we will mail the official ballot. The ballot must be voted and returned to the Election Board by noon on Election Day, May 5, either by mail, or dropped off at our office by the voter or a member of the voter’s household.
The pandemic has proven to be a unique and unprecedented challenge for election officials across the state. The Election Board will continue to work with the Allen County Board of Health, Secretary of State’s office, and our vendor and polling location partners as we make preparations for early voting beginning April 7, satellite voting on April 27 and on Election Day May 5. As events unfold, we will modify and initiate contingency plans designed to mitigate risks to voters and poll workers while ensuring we provide fair and accurate election services.