The Vigo County Election Board has a goal to increase voter participation by 3 percent to 31/2 percent in this year’s elections.

To do that, billboard signs with election vote center sites will be on display. Additionally, fliers are being distributed to encourage voting.

“Some phenomenal ideas have come out of my office,” said Vigo County Clerk Brad Newman.

“I would have never thought about this, but one of the young ladies [in the clerk’s office] said why don’t we put a flier that has every [vote center] location on every Papa John’s [pizza box], so they reached out to Papa John’s and they are attaching a flier,” to pizza boxes, Newman said.

Also, Baesler’s Market has agreed to put a flier in grocery bags, Newman said, as has the West Vigo IGA.

“Most of the stuff we are looking at, with the exception [of a billboard company], people have done it for free,” Newman said. “We have some people willing to help us increase our [voter participation] numbers and step up here,” the clerk said.

“I don’t think the election board has ever taken on a PR [public relations] campaign as far as getting more people out to vote, and I think it is something we need to do,” Newman said. 

Kara Anderson, president of the election board, agreed.

“Now we got the [vote center] locations and our next goal is awareness,” Anderson said.

“Awareness, awareness, awareness of how we are trying to respond and make it easier for people to participate in this most sacred constitutional right,” Anderson said.

In-person absentee voting for the primary election will start April 10, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Vigo County Annex, First and Oak streets. 

Next, on April 28, the annex and IBEW Local No. 725, at 5675 E. Hulman Drive, will be open for in-person absentee voting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Then, from May 1 to May 5,  six in-person absentee voting sites  will open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are Booker T. Washington Community Center, International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 841, Northside Bingo Hall, West Vigo Community Center, IBEW and Seelyville Town Hall.

All of the county’s vote centers will be open on election day, May 8, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached 812-231-4204 or howard.greninger@tribstar.com. Follow on Twitter@TribStarHoward.

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