Primary Election on May 3rd

As the race for the White House rolls on, Indiana will soon become a factor when the state holds its primary election on Tuesday, May 3.

On the Republican side, 57 delegates will be on the line for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich. While Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will battle for the state’s 92 delegates, nine of which are super-delegates not bound to the results of the election.

Under Indiana law, voters are not required to be affiliated with a political party to vote in a party’s primary. However, voters will have to choose which ballot they wish to receive for the primary election.

And although it may be easy to shrug off the presidential nomination process in both parties, it will still be vital for local voters to turn out to the polls to answer a public question regarding the New Prairie United School Corporation.

Via referendum, the school district is asking voters to approve a $42 million building renovation and safety project. The project is estimated to cost the average homeowner an additional $10 per month in taxes. Voters will respond with simply a “yes” or “no”. The ballot question will read:

“Shall the New Prairie United School Corporation issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance the comprehensive construction, renovation, and improvements to various School Corporation facilities, including the equipping thereof, which is estimated to cost not more that $42,000,000 and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for debt service by $0.6155 per $100 of assessed valuation?”

What You Need to Know on Election Day Here are a few things you need to know before heading out to cast your vote.

Plan Ahead To check your voter registration and view your polling place, visit or call 1-866-IN-1-VOTE (866-461-8683).

Providing Identification Voters must show an Indiana or federal government-issued ID (such as a driver’s license) before casting a ballot. The ID must display the voter’s photo, name (which must conform to voting registration records), and an expiration date. The ID must be current or have expired after the previous general election. For voters without a driver’s license, BMV locations are open extended hours prior to Election Day to provide free Photo ID cards.

Early Voting Information St. Joseph County early voting is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm EDT and Saturday, April 23 and 30 from 8:00am - 4:00pm at the County-City Building in South Bend.

La Porte County early voting is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm CDT and Saturday, April 23 and 30 from 8:00am - 3:30pm at the La Porte County Courthouse and Michigan City Courthouse.

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