COVID-19 restrictions prompt officials to encourage mail-in voting



The bi-partisan Indiana Election Commission recently voted to adopt a number of changes for Indiana’s  upcoming primary election, including moving the election date to Tuesday, June 2.

But another change included allowing absentee voting through the mail, which the La Porte County Commission says it is encouraging, in light of COVID-19 crisis.

“Any resident of La Porte County [may] vote by mail with an absentee ballot, though in-person voting and early voting will still be available,” officials said in a prepared release.

Registered voters who wish to vote through the mail may request an absentee ballot by filling out ABS–MAIL PRIMARY 2020 FORM and return it to their local election board via mail, email, fax or hand delivery.

Alternatively, registered voters can use Indiana’s voter portal to request an absentee ballot directly without having to go through their local election board. Voters need to log in, navigate to the left side of the portal and click on “Absentee Voting,” then “Vote By Mail” and submit the form.

The application must be completed and received by the county election board by May 21.

After an application has been received, the voter will be mailed a primary election ballot. The voter must then complete the ballot and return it to the county election board by noon local time on Election Day, June 2.

For more information on how to register to vote, check voting status, view a ballot, or more, visit

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