Hundreds of absentee ballots will not be counted in upcoming primary

Friday afternoon the Tippecanoe County clerk's office clarified the reason for that and what do if voters never received the mail-in ballot they requested.

Posted: May 29, 2020 11:29 PM
Updated: May 30, 2020 1:49 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Hundreds of absentee ballots are not going to count in the upcoming primary.

Friday afternoon the Tippecanoe County Clerk's Office clarified the reason for that and what do if voters never received the mail-in ballot they requested.

As we've reported, several people never received theirs due to delays with the over-burdened postal system.

There are four days until the primary election and people are still checking their mail, waiting for their absentee ballots.

"We recognize there are delays in the mail," said Tippecanoe County Clerk, Julie Roush. 

Roush told News 18 voters should wait 7-10 business days to receive their ballots, but now it's too late.

The application for a mail-in vote was due last week. She said she had rejected hundreds of applications due the fact they were late.

"They were supposed to be in our office by 11:59 on the 21st," said Roush. "If they were not in our office it does not matter when it was put in the mail, we were to reject those because they did not meet the deadline."

There were more than 11,000 absentee ballot applications received by the county and more than 5,000 have been received and accounted for. Those are record numbers.

"If you have not received your ballot you may go to a vote center," said Roush.

Then you will be asked to sign an affidavit.

"Basically stating you haven't received your ballot and that you haven't voted," said Roush.

This will allow your voice to be heard and vote to be cast.

Roush talked about safety at voting stations during Friday's press conference.

She said there are sneeze guards, masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing, disposable applicators to vote.

All of the personal protective equipment was provided by the state.

"Vote by mail is not an easy endeavor at all," said Roush.

This practice is being used for health purposes and that's why county commissioners have changed the way candidates will participate in the county viewing party at the county building.

"The governor's current plan allows for up to 100 [people] but we have counted at best 25-30 chairs that we can put in there," said Tippecanoe County Commissioner, Tracy Brown. 

Roush and her team will be counting votes from 6 a.m. until late into the night on Tuesday, June 2nd.

She said the official tally may not be done until the following day.

Also if voters mailed in their absentee ballot already they may call to see if the clerk's office received it and if voters have not mailed it in, they or someone they trust may drop it off at any polling location or at the drop box at the county building.

West Lafayette
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 89°
Kokomo
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 84°
Rensselaer
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 83°
Fowler
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 83°
Williamsport
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 89°
Crawfordsville
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 86°
Frankfort
Overcast
85° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 86°
Delphi
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 85°
Monticello
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 85°
Logansport
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 85°
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 45952

Reported Deaths: 2650
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11387679
Lake4872240
Elkhart308543
Allen2677114
St. Joseph184965
Cass16369
Hamilton1484100
Hendricks136699
Johnson1235118
Porter68537
Madison64363
Tippecanoe6408
Clark62244
Bartholomew57844
Howard54356
LaPorte53925
Kosciusko4952
LaGrange4596
Jackson4553
Noble44728
Vanderburgh4306
Hancock42935
Delaware42648
Boone42242
Shelby41625
Marshall4123
Floyd36344
Morgan32031
Montgomery28720
Grant28526
Clinton2792
Dubois2606
White25810
Monroe25628
Decatur24632
Henry23515
Lawrence23124
Vigo2248
Harrison20822
Dearborn20422
Warrick20129
Greene18431
Miami1802
Jennings16911
Putnam1658
DeKalb1594
Scott1547
Daviess13916
Orange13323
Wayne1286
Franklin1248
Steuben1232
Perry1209
Ripley1127
Carroll1092
Jasper1092
Wabash1072
Fayette967
Newton9510
Whitley814
Randolph764
Starke733
Huntington702
Wells681
Jay670
Fulton661
Jefferson651
Washington641
Pulaski631
Knox620
Clay594
Rush573
Benton480
Adams451
Owen451
Gibson442
Sullivan441
Brown381
Blackford372
Posey350
Spencer311
Tipton301
Crawford290
Fountain292
Switzerland250
Martin220
Parke220
Ohio140
Warren141
Union130
Vermillion130
Pike80
Unassigned0194

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events