Today (Thursday, October 27th), the election season here in Switzerland County really kicks off as voters can now go cast their ballots at one of the county’s Traveling Voting Centers.
For the upcoming general election, these centers will be open at different locations and different days through Monday, November 7th.
As in the past, any registered voter in the county may go to any of the traveling voting centers to cast their ballot. Voters do not have to wait until the center reaches the township in which they live in order to vote. The traveling centers give voters with varied work schedules the opportunity to vote at their convenience. For example: a voter living in Pleasant Township who works in Kentucky may choose to go to the voting center when it is in York Township because of the schedule.
On Election Day, the only voting center in Switzerland County will be at the TEC Building on Seminary Street in Vevay.
Here’s the traveling voting center schedule:
• Today (Thursday, October 27th), voters can go to the Moorefield Firehouse and vote from 8 a.m. until noon. Voters may also vote at the Moorefield Firehouse tomorrow (Friday, October 28th), from 2-6 p.m.
• This Saturday, October 29th, voters can go to the East Enterprise Firehouse and vote from 8 a.m. until noon. Voters may also vote at the East Enterprise Firehouse on Monday, October 31st, from 2-6 p.m.
• On Tuesday, November 1st, voters can go to the Patriot Town Hall and vote from 8 a.m. until noon. Voters may also vote at the Patriot Town Hall on Wednesday, November 2nd, from 2-6 p.m.
• On Thursday, November 3rd, voters can go to the Florence Firehouse and vote from 8 a.m. until noon. Voters may also vote at the Florence Firehouse on Friday, November 4th, from 2-6 p.m.
• On Saturday, November 5th, voters can go to the Switzerland County TEC Center in Vevay and vote from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Voters may also vote at the TEC Center on Monday, November 7th, from 8 a.m. until noon.
• On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th, voters can to the Switzerland County TEC Center in Vevay and vote from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Along with the Traveling Voting Centers, voting is available between now and Friday, November 4th in the basement of the Switzerland County Courthouse.
• On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, voting in the courthouse will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon; and then from 1-3 p.m.
• On Thursdays, voting in the courthouse will be from 8-11:30 a.m.
• On Saturday, October 29th and Saturday, November 5th, voting can be done in the courthouse each of those days from 8 a.m. until noon.
• On Monday, November 7th, voters may also vote in the basement of the courthouse from 8 a.m. until noon.
The clerk’s office said that voters who know that they will want to vote absentee in the November election may pick up applications now.
Voters can vote absentee now in the clerk’s office of the courthouse.
This year’s election here in Switzerland County has some important races, as two County Commissioners and three members of the County Council will be elected; as well as County officials and four members of the Switzerland County School Board of Trustees.
– In the race for County Commissioner in District 1; incumbent Republican Josh South is facing current County Councilman Steve Crabtree. In the race for the District 2 County Commissioner seat, Democrat Lane Armstrong is facing Republican Jerry Monjar.
– The Switzerland County Council races: this year county voters are electing the three members of the seven-member council who are in the “At Large” seats, which means that they do not have to live in a particular district in order to serve. The other four seats on the County Council represent four specific districts of the county.
Each political party elected three candidates in the May primary election; and now those six candidates will vie for the three seats, with the top three vote getters, regardless of political affiliation, winning the four year terms.
Democrats seeking the offices are incumbent Rachel Bladen Schuler, Andrea Brogan, and Matt Levell; while the Republican candidates incumbent Terry Hall along with Lisa Fisher and Andrew Haskell.
– There will be a contested race for the office of County Coroner; as Republican Clinton Earls is facing Democrat Alicia Fritter in the General Election.
– In May, Democrat Nancy Brown Barker won the primary election for the office of County Recorder; and there is no Republican candidate for the office, so she will begin a four year term on January 1st, 2017.
– Incumbent County Treasurer Vickie Bailey James was unopposed in the May primary; and with no Republican challenger in the November General Election, she will begin another four year term on January 1st, 2017.
– Incumbent County Surveyor Brian McAllister was unopposed in the Republican primary in May; and there is no challenger in the General Election, so he will begin another four year term on January 1st, 2017.
– There will also be four residents elected to serve four year terms on the Switzerland County School Board beginning on January 1st, 2017. Each of the seven seats on the School Board represent specific areas around the county, but are voted on county wide.
This year, three of the four seats are unopposed: with incumbent Katie Collier, who represents Pleasant Township; and incumbent Josh Deck, who represents York Township, winning reelection. First time candidate Amy Jessup Combs is unopposed for the seat representing Cotton Township.
The only contested race of the four comes for the seat representing the Town of Vevay, where Carla Burt and Tye Sullivan are opposing each other.
– There are races at the State level, where current Republican Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb is challenging Democrat John Gregg.
– There is a contested race for the State Representative post for District 67; where incumbent Republican Randy Frye is facing Democrat Rudy Howard from Aurora.
– Of course the eyes of the nation will be on the race for the White House, where Republican Donald Trump is facing Democrat Hillary Clinton. Closer to home, in the race for the House of Representatives seat for Indiana District 6, Republican Congressman Luke Messer is running against Democrat Barry Welsh from Fayette County.
There was also a shake up in the race for the Indiana U.S. Senate seat, where Democrat Baron Hill won the primary but then withdrew from the race, which led State party officials to appoint former Governor and Senator Evan Bayh to take his place on the ballot. Bayh is facing Republican Congressman Todd Young, who at one time represented Switzerland County in Congress.