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7,600 registered to vote in municipal elections

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Putnam County Clerk Marty Watts is urging residents of Greencastle and the towns throughout the county to vote in the municipal election today.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Putnam County residents who live outside of town and Greencastle city limits are not eligible to vote today.

Voters must show a photo ID issued either by the state of Indiana or the U.S. government.

Greencastle voters will be selecting a new mayor, as well as voting on Clerk-Treasurer and city council candidates. The towns will vote for Clerk-Treasurer and town council candidates.

Russellville residents vote at the Russellville Community Center.

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Clerk employee Marsha Carrington (left) and Election Clerk Stacia Gibson (right) close down the early voting stations shortly after noon Monday. Polls are open today from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bainbridge residents vote at the Bainbridge Community Building.

Greencastle residents living in the First North precinct vote at the Putnam County Annex (also known as Jones Elementary School).

Second West and Second East precincts vote at the National Guard Armory.

First South residents vote at the Courthouse.

Third West votes at the Miller Education Center (also known as the West Central Education Center).

Third East votes at Greencastle High School.

Fourth West votes at the Greencastle VFW.

Fourth East residents vote at Ridpath Elementary School.

Fillmore residents vote at the Fillmore Town Hall.

All Cloverdale residents vote at Cloverdale High School.

Since there are no contested races in Roachdale, there will be no election there.

Anyone with questions on where to vote or whether they are eligible can call Voter Registration at 655-1538 or the Clerk's office at 653-2648.

About 7,600 voters across the county can vote today -- 5,500 in Greencastle, 1,200 in Cloverdale, 350 in Fillmore, 300 in Bainbridge and 200 in Russellville.

So far just shy of 300 people have already cast ballots between early, absentee and traveling board voting.

However, those numbers are likely inflated by residents who have died or moved, Watts said. The latter problem is particularly prevalent in Greencastle because DePauw University students often register to vote in Putnam County and forget to notify Voter Registration when they graduate and leave town, she added.

Still Watts said she hopes to see 30 to 40 percent turnout.

Watts also voiced confidence in the performance in the poll workers and the voting equipment.

The polls in Cloverdale, which have come under scrutiny from some members of the public, will have four extra poll workers and an experienced inspector, she said.


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Can you believe that over 64% of the registered voters in Greencastle did NOT vote for Mayor?! I guess that just proves the old adage that "only about 20% of the people are responsible for doing 80% of the work, while the rest sit idly by and complain about what the workers are doing". In this case, it is closer to 34.5% doing most of the work. Same thing. I've lived in Greencastle for over 10 years, but it's the first place that ever felt like home. In those 10 years, however, I've seen numerous opportunities for the general population to voice their opinion--yet only a small percentage ever show up to the meetings. If you don't like what's happening in your community, why not try being part of the solution as opposed to part of the problem? Just in case anyone should think I'm talking from a case of "sour grapes", they're wrong. With the exception of the race for my own ward, all my candidates won! Congratulations to all!

-- Posted by cll on Wed, Nov 7, 2007, at 2:13 AM


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