November 3, 2020 General Election. Do Not Forget to Vote!!
Warrick County Election Office
Greetings Registered Voters:
The 2020 General Election is fast approaching. At this time the Secretary of State has indicated there will be no changes to Early Voting or voting by Absentee Ballot. Individuals were permitted to vote absentee in the 2020 Primary without needing a specific reason due to the Pandemic. As of today’s date, this procedure has not been approved for the General Election. If this should happen to change, voters will be notified immediately.
Important Dates to Remember:
October 5, 2020 – Last day to Register to Vote for General Election.
October 6, 2020 – November 2, 2020 – Early Voting Period.
Early Voting Information – A Voter May Vote by Absentee Ballot in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk or satellite office. Early voting will be available at three separate locations during the early voting period. Those locations are:
Judicial Center at One County Square, Suite 220, Boonville, IN
Lynnville Community Center at 416 W. State Road 68 (IN-68), Lynnville, IN
First Christian Church (Front Chapel Entrance), 4544 IN-261, Newburgh, IN.
Voting will be permitted at each location from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays during the early voting period – October 12, 19, and 26.
It will also be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays (Tuesday through Friday)
And from 8 a.m. through 3 p.m. on October 24 and October 31 (Last two Saturdays in Early Voting Period)
The last day for early voting at all locations will be on Monday, November 2, 2020 from 8 a.m. through noon.
October 22, 2020 – Last day for applications to be received for Absentee Ballots.
November 3, 2020 -County election officials must receive an absentee-by-mail ballot not later than noon (local prevailing time) on Election Day, November 3, 2020. County election officials must have possession of the ballot by this deadline; postmarks – even if dated on or before the date of the election – cannot be considered timely.
November 3, 2020 – General Election Day. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. All those in line by 6:00 p.m. will be permitted to vote.
Please click here to download the Absentee Ballot Application and send it back to Warrick County Clerk’s Office, One County Square, Suite 220, Boonville, IN 47601, or send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and be safe!
Patricia “Patty” Perry
Warrick County Circuit Court Clerk
Courts are open, but operating on an emergency basis
Indiana’s courts are open and continue to operate, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, court business is limited to the highest priority matters. This includes efforts to protect the most vulnerable among us, to provide due process for criminal defendants, and to promote public safety.
Courts across the state are operating on an emergency basis until at least May 4, 2020. The details of court operations may vary by county. See the list of petitions and orders in each county for more information.
Many types of court hearings are being rescheduled. To check the status of your case and find out about hearing dates, search mycase.in.gov.
Getting legal help
As always, court staff cannot give legal advice because they must remain impartial. If you have a legal issue, please contact an attorney. There are several services in Indiana, including the Coalition for Court Access, to help you get answers to your legal questions and find legal help.
Child support, custody and parenting time
In an effort to aid parents and children as you stay at home during this public health emergency, the Indiana Supreme Court has ordered conditions regarding child support, custody and parenting time.
You are still obligated to pay child support according to your existing child support order. However you likely will not be able to pay in person. You may pay online, over the phone, or by mail. You may file an emergency petition to modify the support amount if you are unable to pay due to the pandemic.
You must continue to follow court orders for custody and parenting time, including following the school calendar as it was at the start of the year. However, if both parents (and any other parties to their case) agree that a change in custody or parenting time is needed, an informal written temporary agreement is allowed, or you may file an emergency petition.
Read the order for complete details. Note that if you wish to file an agreement, petition or motion without assistance from an attorney, you should file electronically. To get started with e-filing, see the E-filing User Guide.
See the Children’s Commission website to access more resources for children and families during the pandemic. Also see a list of resources for families created by the Family Law Task Force for our Innovation Initiative.
Debt collection and stimulus payments
On April 20, the Indiana Supreme Court ordered that during the COVID-19 public health emergency, Indiana courts may not place a hold on, attach, or garnish CARES Act stimulus payments, except for child support. If your account was already frozen under a previously issued order, upon your request, courts must hold an in-person or remote hearing within two business days to determine what funds in the account are from stimulus payments and to allow you to assert any exemptions.
Getting a protection order or seeking shelter
If you need a protection order, you can file a petition online or get help from an advocate to file online. See our tutorials on e-filing and visit the Protection Order E-filing Service to find advocates near you that can help.
If you need a safe place to go, you can find a shelter through a local advocate. See our list of advocates by county, but call ahead to make sure they are open. The Warrick County Clerk’s Office is accepting appointments for individuals that are in need of a Protective Order, please contact our office at (812) 897-6160, we will schedule your appointment and our Clerk, Patricia “Patty” Perry will meet you in a secure area to explain the Protective Order and answer any questions you might have.
Because courts are open, if a bank or landlord files a case against you to initiate eviction or foreclosure, the court will accept the filing, and you should be notified about the case. Courts are likely to delay those cases in favor of public health, but this may not happen in every instance.
To learn more, see the March 25 memo about foreclosures and evictions sent by the Indiana Office of Judicial Administration to judges and clerks throughout the state.
Loved ones in jail or secure detention
Courts and their partners in local governments across the state have been encouraged and authorized to consider the release of low-risk, non-violent inmates from local and county jails. Adults and juveniles who qualify may be released under pretrial, probation, or community supervision. See the April 3 letter signed by leaders of all three branches of government sent to judicial officers statewide.
The Indiana Department of Correction has a website describing their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the DOC Commissioner issued a letter with information for loved ones.
In addition, the Supreme Court has ordered that except in emergencies, Indiana courts will temporarily suspend existing, and will not issue new, writs of attachment, civil bench warrants, or body attachments. By refraining from these actions, the courts can avoid increasing jail populations and/or placing undue financial burdens on individuals during this public health emergency.
Patty Perry – Warrick County Clerk
Angie Childress – Administrative Staff Election Office
The Warrick County Election Office will be closed on the following dates:
New Year’s Day – January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – January 20
President’s Day – February 17
Good Friday – April 10
Primary Election – June 2
Memorial Day – May 25
Independence Day – July 3
Labor Day – September 7
General Election – November 3
Veterans’ Day – November 11
Thanksgiving – November 26 & 27
Christmas – December 24 & 25
New Year’s Eve – December 31
Principals of Election/Registration Officials
Standards of Conduct for Election/Registration Officials
New Voting Machine Instructional Video
Detailed voter instructions for new Voting Machines
Spanish instructions for new Voting Machines (will need Adobe Reader to view)
ELECTION OFFICE NEWS
To register to vote in Indiana and Warrick County the deadline is is April 6, 2020, if you wish to vote in the May 5, 2020, Primary Election. If you register to vote after April 6, 2020, at a license branch or anywhere else you will not be eligible to vote in the May 5, 2020, Primary Election. On the registration application you are required to provide your Indiana driver’s license, then you must provide the last four digits of your social security number. The application cannot be processed without either your driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your social security number. This became a law as of January 1, 2003. This information is box 13 on the registration application.
You must provide government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot. The ID must fit the following criteria:
- Your ID displays your photo.
- Your name on the ID must conform to your name on your voter registration record.
- Your ID must contain an expiration date, and either still be current or have expired sometime after November 5, 2019.
- Your ID must be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government.
In most cases, an Indiana driver’s license, Indiana photo ID card, Military ID, or US passport is sufficient.
If you are registered to vote and reside in a state-licensed facility where your polling place is located, you are exempt from this ID requirement.
If you do not already have a valid photo ID, you can obtain an Indiana photo ID free of charge from your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branch. For more information, please contact the BMV at (317) 233-6000 or visit their website http://www.bmv.in.gov.
Absentee Voting begins in the Election Office April 7, 2020 and will end on May 4, 2020 at NOON. The Election office will have extended hours two weeks prior to the May 4, 2020 Primary Election. They are as follows. The Election Office will be open two Saturdays prior to the May 5, 2020 Primary Election, on April 25, 2020 the Election Office will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and on May 2, 2020 the Election Office will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for absentee voting. The Election office will have extended hours on Monday, April 20, 2020 and Monday, April 27, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The Election Office will be open Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., for early voting.
To find forms and other information about elections visit the Indiana Election Website at http://www.state.in.us/sos/elections.
DATES FOR VOTER REGISTRATION 2020
April 6, 2020 Last day to register to vote or change your address
April 7, 2020 Absentee Voting begins in the Election Office
April 13, 2020 Precinct Election Workers names, addresses, and phone numbers are due in the Election Office by NOON. (I.C. 3-6-6-10). The Election Office will need the names as soon as possible. We need to notify the poll workers of the training classes. You do not have to wait until this date to turn your name in to the Election Office.
April 13, 2020 After NOON, is the first day for the Election Office to start filling Election Boards when the Precinct Committeeman fails to do so. On this day, the Election Office will start making calls to find people to work at the Polls on Election Day. Any help you can give us at this point will be appreciated. If you are interested, please contact the Election Office at (812) 897-6161.
April 16, 2020 First day for the Travel Board to visit a confined voter, a voter caring for a confined person at a private residence, or a voter with disabilities may vote an absentee ballot before an absentee voter board at the voter’s residence or place of confinement.
April 17, 2020 Deadline by NOON, for filing pre-primary campaign finance reports for primary candidates (including unopposed primary candidates where no primary is conducted).
April 23, 2020 Deadline, by 11:59 p.m., for the Circuit Court Clerk to receive an absentee ballot application from an applicant requesting delivery of an absentee ballot by mail. Applications may be submitted to the Circuit Court Clerk in person or by mail, fax or email.
May 4, 2020 Deadline, by NOON, for a Circuit Court Clerk to receive absentee ballot applications from military/overseas voters requesting to vote by email or fax.
May 4, 2020 Deadline, by NOON, for a voter to vote an absentee ballot in person at the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.
May 4, 2020 Deadline, by NOON, for the Circuit Court Clerk to receive absentee ballot applications from confined voters or voters caring for a confined person requesting delivery of a ballot by an absentee voter board.
May 5, 2020 Primary Election Day. Polls are open 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. prevailing local time.