April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Early voting locations open today

By HSJ Online [email protected]

Bartholomew County primary election voters will have four early voting locations starting today and going through next Monday, the day before the May 3rd primary election.

You can cast your ballot early Monday through Friday this week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at three Columbus locations: Donner Center on 22nd Street, Main Source Bank on Jonathan Moore Pike and Flintwood Wesleyan Church at 5300 25th St. in Columbus. The Bartholomew County Courthouse on Washington Street will be open for early voting on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Saturday, Donner Center, Main Source Bank and Flintwood Wesleyan Church will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for early voting. Early voting ends on Monday, May 2nd at the courthouse from 8 a.m. to noon.

Vote centers in effect

The May 3rd primary election will be the first countywide election to use the new voting center plan, which replaces the traditional precinct polling places. On Election Day, there will be 18 vote centers open throughout Bartholomew County and you can cast your ballot at any of the locations.

Vote centers in the Hope area include, Hope Moravian Church, 202 Main St., and Clifford Fire Station, 4613 E. Poplar St., in Clifford.

Polls are open on May 3rd from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For a complete list of vote center locations, you can go to the Bartholomew County Clerk's voter registration page.

2016 Primary Candidates

Hope voters will be choosing between two candidates for the Ward 2 seat on the Town Council on the Democratic ballot, but there are also contested races from the presidential race, all the way down to countywide races like County Council at-large, County Commissioners, Circuit Court judge.

Countywide and local candidates appearing on the May 3rd primary ballot:


Circuit Court Judge -- Scott Andrews, Kelly Benjamin

County Coroner -- Clayton R. Nolting, Ronald W. Shadley Sr.

County Surveyor -- E.R. Gray

County Commissioner District 1 -- Susan Thayer-Fye, Larry S. Kleinhenz, Jorge R. "George" Morales.

County Commissioner District 3 -- Rick Flohr

County Council at-large (3 seats) -- William F. "Bill" Lentz, Michael Lovelace, Matt Miller, Evelyn Strietelmeyer Pence, James "Jim" Reed

Hartsville Town Council (3 seats) -- Michael "Mike" W. Crull, Rex L. Dora, Steven Rucker

Hope Town Council Ward 3 -- Ohmer J. Miller


County Coroner -- Paula Rothrock

County Commissioner District 3 -- Brad Woodcock

County Council at-large (3 seats) -- Gabrielle "Gaby" Cheek, Pam Clark, Lynne L. Fleming

Hartsville Town Council (3 seats) -- Lisa L. Hayes, Mark Imel, Jeremy Kimball

Hope Town Council Ward 1 -- Edward Johnson

Hope Town Council Ward 2 -- Nellie Meek, Greg Sims[[In-content Ad]]