FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Allen County Election Board is encouraging voters to send in their applications now, to ensure they will receive one of the first ballots which will be sent out Sept. 18.
Allen County Director of Elections Beth Dlug said the Election Board was pressed for both space and time during the primary election, which prompted the board to relocate to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
"With this space, we are going to be able to hire the people we need so we can handle what we expect to be an increase in mailed-in voting, even more then what we had in the primary," Dlug said.
The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 5, and early voting will commence the next day.
If you are not currently registered to vote you can do so at Indianavoters.in.gov.
The League of Women Voters Fort Wayne has teamed up with students from Canterbury High School in an effort to encourage young voters to get registered.
"Normally this time of year we would be going to festivals, having tables, and handing out brochures," Kachmar said. "Because of the pandemic we just can’t do that anymore."
The League of Women Voters Fort Wayne is entering new voters who engage with their new Instagram page into a drawing to win gift cards.
"We have a pretty robust Facebook page, and we are now venturing into the land of Instagram," Kachmar said. "We were looking for ways to reach out to the younger voters, and also to step up our game on social media. Because that's really the only way to get in touch with people now."
Kachmar hopes the initiative will encourage young voters to register while making the process easier for election officials.