Clerk provides guidance on voting in June 2 primary

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Putnam County Clerk Heather Gilbert

With the Indiana Primary Election set for Tuesday, June 2, voters will have three possible ways to cast their ballots.

On Tuesday, Putnam County Clerk Heather Gilbert outlined the procedures for voting by mail, early voting and voting in person on June 2.

“Our team at the Clerk’s Office and the Election Board, along with our dedicated volunteers, are committed to ensuring that Putnam County residents have the opportunity to vote on June 2,” Gilbert said. “It’s important citizens can vote despite the pandemic and we hope they evaluate their personal circumstances before the Primary Election, and choose the option that works best for them.”

Voting by mail. Citizens should request an absentee ballot by May 21.

Citizens can call Voter Registration at 655-1538 or email

Citizens may also visit to request an absentee ballot.

Voting early at the Putnam County Courthouse. Early voting will be available at the Putnam County Courthouse during the following dates and times:

May 26-29, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

May 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

June 1, 8 a.m.-noon

Voting in person on Primary Election Day. Three vote centers will be open on June 2, from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The locations are:

-- Putnam County Courthouse

-- Cloverdale American Legion

-- Bainbridge Town Hall

The State of Indiana will provide masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and cleaning supplies to the workers at the vote centers to make them as safe as possible.

Anyone with questions about how they may vote on June 2 or sooner is invited to contact the Putnam County Voter Registration Office at 655-1538 or email

Note that the Courthouse is currently operating on a limited schedule while stay-at-home orders are in effect. Call the Clerk’s Office at 653-2648 before visiting the Courthouse.

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    "The State of Indiana will provide masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and cleaning supplies to the workers at the vote centers to make them as safe as possible."

    More taxpayer money being used for the benefit of private corporations (Republican and Democratic Parties).

    As I have said before - neither the county nor the state should be running Primary elections at the cost of public money for private corporations.

    Where are our public servants to decry such fraud and abuse?

    Jim Baird? Beau Baird? Kim Fidler? Anyone?

    Silence...b/c they benefit from plunder of the public coffers!

    Heather Gilbert? County Commissioners? Councilmen? Anyone?

    Silence... b/c they too benefit from the corrupt mechanisms of party politics!

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Wed, May 6, 2020, at 8:39 AM
  • Dread: Interesting take on primary elections. I've never heard anyone with this point of view. Are the political parties really incorporated? What is your solution for selecting candidates for the November elections?

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Wed, May 6, 2020, at 9:21 AM
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    Ben -

    Yes, in a way. Both political parties are private organizations (which is the important part) and have to follow certain rules for Federal and State/Local elections. They can incorporate for liablity purposes. I could not find immediate answer as to whether or not they are truly incorporated as a business or non-profit.

    As private organizations they should be providing for the means of their own nominating process and not relying on government (public) resources.

    In states that run caucus to determine candidates, it is done via whatever process has been determined by the party itself (usually at the state or county level).

    In Indiana, not only does our government run the primaries for the two larger private political parties (the Libertarians caucus, I believe, as does the Constitution party), but they allow for open primaries which completely subverts the process for the parties themselves.

    So if there were to be a contested primary in one party (i.e Republican) but not the other (i.e Democratic), then a voter could try to influence the candidate selection of their rival party. You may have heard of it as "operation chaos".

    While parties can object or challenge a primary voter it is rarely done. Who is to say that just b/c you voted R in the last three primaries that you haven't decided to become a D in the last few months?

    My solution would be for ALL parties to be responsible for their own primary elections.

    If any party wished to run a primary election instead of a caucus, they should be financially responsible for it. It could easily be done at the county level, as technically only party members (and the not populace in general) should be voting for their party candidates.

    The populace gets to vote in the general election where they have a choice between all the candidates on the ballot.

    (As an aside, ballot access laws are blatantly biased towards the Republican and Democratic parties as well... but that is a whole other kettle of fish.)

    Thank you for asking. :) I hope that I have given you something to think about.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Wed, May 6, 2020, at 12:02 PM
  • I think this is the first time I’ve ever agreed with DPR.

    The libertarian party holds as part of its platform that the party will not conduct party business at taxpayer expense. Therefore the candidate is selected by the party.

    The parties should not put these mockeries forth as “voting” when it really isn’t. This is a scam perpetrated on the American voter.

    -- Posted by techphcy on Thu, May 7, 2020, at 12:03 PM
  • The link to request an absentee ballot is invalid:

    "This site can’t be reached’s server IP address could not be found."

    -- Posted by kit on Thu, May 7, 2020, at 9:25 PM

    Eliminate the www, then the link will work.

    -- Posted by Koios on Fri, May 8, 2020, at 9:06 AM
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