Post-primary: Work continues on Monroe County election operations building, prep for fall election

view of the corner of a concrete block building in the process of getting painted. The left wall is beige. The right wall is the original color, which was blue.
View to the northwest of the Monroe County’s election operations building at the corner of 3rd and Walnut streets around midday on May 12, 2022.

A little more than a week after Tuesday’s primary elections concluded in Monroe County, work has started on preparation for voting in the Nov. 8 general election.

On Thursday morning, the county’s new election operations building, at the corner of 3rd and Walnut streets, started a planned cosmetic change.

By midday on Thursday, the building was halfway through its transformation from an iconic blue, reflecting its heritage as a NAPA auto parts store, to a more subdued earth tone.

The painting work is being done by Premier Painting, under a $9,850 contract approved by county commissioners in early March. Continue reading “Post-primary: Work continues on Monroe County election operations building, prep for fall election”

Monroe County’s new election operations building set to go for in-person early voting on April 5

On Monday afternoon, The B Square got a peek inside Monroe County’s new election operations building.

It’s the former NAPA building at the corner of 3rd and Walnut streets.

The facility is ready to go for the start of in-person early voting, according to Monroe County election supervisor Karen Wheeler.

Early voting is set to start at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5.

Hours are mostly 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays through Election Day. Details for the early in-person voting schedule can be found on the Monroe County elections website.

Election Day is May 3. Continue reading “Monroe County’s new election operations building set to go for in-person early voting on April 5”

2022 election plans: Polling sites OK’d as Monroe County preps 302 S. Walnut building for early voting

Preparations continue for the May 3 primary elections in Monroe County.

Twenty-nine polling sites were approved by Monroe County’s board of commissioners at their regular Wednesday morning meeting.

The approved sites are mostly the same locations that have been used in the past. Among the sites that are not on the list this year is Genesis Church. A new polling site this year is Bloomington High School North.

Information about which precincts vote at which polling sites will be forthcoming, deputy county clerk Tressia Martin told commissioners.

Also approved by commissioners on Wednesday were several items related to the creation of an early in-person voting site in downtown Bloomington.

The currently vacant former NAPA building at the corner of Walnut and 3rd streets (302 S. Walnut) is being converted for use as an early in-person voting location.

The work on 302 S. Walnut  ranges from wiring and alarm systems to reflective film for the windows to eliminate the glare from the sun.

The work needs to be done ahead of the start of early in-person voting, which is April 5. Continue reading “2022 election plans: Polling sites OK’d as Monroe County preps 302 S. Walnut building for early voting”

Election board: Former NAPA building to be used for early, in-person voting in Monroe County

In 2022, Monroe County’s in-person early voting will take place at the former NAPA building on the southwest corner of 3rd and Walnut streets in downtown Bloomington. That’s for the the primary and general elections alike.

There’s still a chance that some early in-person ballots could also be cast at Election Central, in the old Johnson Hardware building at 7th and Madison streets. But that will depend on recruitment of enough election workers to staff both locations.

The use of the NAPA building as an in-person early voting location was approved by a unanimous vote of the county’s three-person election board at its Thursday session.

For the final two weeks of the four-week early voting period, Election Central could be added as an in-person location, but only if an adequate number of election workers can be recruited.

Monroe County election supervisor Karen Wheeler called on potential poll workers to step up. Some past workers are now in their upper 80s or over 90 years old, she said. In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wheeler does not feel comfortable asking them to work this year.

For basic background on pay and election worker requirements, the county election division has set up a webpage: web page for poll workers. The contact phone number for potential election workers is 812-349-2690. Email messages can be sent to election [at] co.monroe.in.us Continue reading “Election board: Former NAPA building to be used for early, in-person voting in Monroe County”