By Ken de la Bastide
Tribune enterprise editor
The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election is Tuesday, the same day that early voting begins.
Voters will be casting ballots to elect a president, new Indiana governor, U.S. Senator, 5th Congressional District representative and several state and county offices and for local school boards.
Howard County Clerk Kim Wilson said Friday her office has not seen a lot of voter registrations, but the office is mailing 75 to 100 absentee ballots on a daily basis.
Wilson said approximately 1,000 absentee ballots have already been mailed.
Early voting in Howard County will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 at the Howard County Courthouse, starting Tuesday.
The early voting hours in Miami County are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Miami County Courthouse.
Paul Wilson, deputy Miami County Clerk in the Voter Registration office, said there has been an increase in all election related activity.
“We’re getting a lot of registrations,” Wilson said. “We have a lot of people calling to check to make sure they are registered to vote.”
Rick Ward, Howard County Democratic Party chairman, said the voter registration is going well and that there are a lot of people registering to vote online.
“We have been running a phone bank to check that people are registered,” he said.
Craig Dunn, Howard County Republican Party chairman, said the party registered a lot of people at the Howard County 4-H Fair.
He said they have also been registering voters at the GOP Headquarters in downtown Kokomo.
“The people registered at the fair were mostly first-time voters,” he said. “We have a lot of people who moved in the last year and want to make sure they are registered.”
Dunn said there is a lot of excitement within the local party as election day approaches.
People can register to vote at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles or online at indianavoters.in.gov.