June 14, 2021
Timothy M. Pape submitted his letter of resignation as the Democratic Board member of the Allen County Election Board on June13, 2021. Tim served on the board since March, 2013. Thomas A. Hardin, Chairman of the Election Board thanked Tim for his years of service and his dedication and analysis of matters brought before the Board. Christopher M. Nancarrow, Allen County Clerk and fellow board member said that Tim’s insights and perspectives were essential to serve local voters with fair and accurate elections. Tim’s replacement will be nominated by the current Allen County Democratic Party Chairman, Derek Camp.
The Allen County Election Board announced the debut of their new website located at allencountyINvoters.gov. The website was completely redesigned to be more appealing and functional for voters, especially for mobile users. The site also has improved security.
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August 3, 2020
The Allen County Election Board is temporarily moving their offices and operations to the Memorial Coliseum to better serve voters during the 2020 Presidential election. According to Beth Dlug, director of elections, the move is necessary to provide safe and effective voting opportunities for Allen County voters during the pandemic.
“We realized during the primary election that we would not have the space to provide proper social distancing protocols for our workers and voters in the general election if we stayed in our current location,” said Dlug. “We are extremely fortunate to have a great partner in the Coliseum to provide us with the space we need to conduct all of our operations, including early voting, pollworker training and election results tabulation.”
The current Election Board office at 1 East Main, Suite 172 will be closed on Monday, August 17 for the move. The Election Board will post instructions on its website on how to do business with the office on that day. Instructions will also be posted at the Rousseau Centre. The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 18, at its new location at the Coliseum. School Board candidates are encouraged to call the Election Board office for specific filing instructions after August 14. The staff will move back to their space in the Rousseau Centre on November 16.
The Election Board will be located in Expo IV in the Coliseum, which is located at 4000 Parnell Avenue, Fort Wayne. All people doing business with the Election Board should enter the Coliseum parking lot at entrance 1 (Coliseum Blvd.) or entrance 2 (Parnell Avenue), park in the main lot and enter the building at the Arena & Expo Center entrance. Free parking will be available for people who have business with the Election Board.
April 21, 2020
The Allen County Election Board met to discuss a plan for voting in response to IEC Order 2020-40. In consultation with the Allen County Health Commissioner, the Board made the following decisions to protect the health and safety of voters and workers.
April 17, 2020
The Indiana Election Commission issued IEC Order 2020-40 with the following provisions on April 17:
March 30, 2020
The Indiana Election Commission issued IEC Order 2020-37 with the following provisions on March 25, 2020:
March 25, 2020
The Allen County Election Board will be temporarily closed to the public and operating with only essential personnel. We will continue to take telephone calls, emails, faxes and process absentee ballot applications and ballots. We continue to encourage absentee by mail voting for the June 2 primary. If you do not qualify for one of the reasons listed on the absentee by mail application, please check back with us after today’s meeting of the Indiana Election Commission for further instructions.
March 20, 2020
Governor Holcomb signed an executive order to suspend Indiana’s election statute and move the dates in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. The executive order is posted at in.gov/gov/2384.htm. The following recommendations will be made to the Indiana Election Commission for their consideration at a meeting on Wednesday, March 25, at 10:00 AM:
The Allen County Election Board will begin immediate preparations for the date change.
March 18, 2020
The Rousseau Centre has been closed to the public for most county offices beginning March 18th until April 1, 2020. The Election Board staff will continue to respond to telephone calls, emails and faxes. Many of the transactions with our office can be handled remotely during this two week period and do not require a trip to our office. Please call ahead at 260-449-7329 if you want to visit our office in person during this time. The first round of absentee ballots will be mailed out on Friday, March 20.
March 15, 2020
The Allen County Election Board looks forward to the first batch of 2020 Presidential Primary ballots being sent out March 20, 2020. As we prepare for this election, we are also monitoring the COVID-19 virus and making plans to prevent the spread of the virus during voting in this important election.
At this time, we recommend that voters who are at increased risk for severe illness consider voting by mail instead of going to an early voting facility or their polling location on Election Day. Voters 60 and older and those with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and weakened immune systems can find applications for mail ballots on our website at www.allencountyvoters.info at the “Vote by Mail” link, by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 260-449-7329.
Act early. The United States Post Office advises that first class mail turnaround is at least three to five days and the mailed absentee application deadline is April 23. After we receive the application, we will mail the official ballot. The ballot must be voted and returned to the Election Board by noon on Election Day, May 5, either by mail, or dropped off at our office by the voter or a member of the voter’s household.
The pandemic has proven to be a unique and unprecedented challenge for election officials across the state. The Election Board will continue to work with the Allen County Board of Health, Secretary of State’s office, and our vendor and polling location partners as we make preparations for early voting beginning April 7, satellite voting on April 27 and on Election Day May 5. As events unfold, we will modify and initiate contingency plans designed to mitigate risks to voters and poll workers while ensuring we provide fair and accurate election serviceshis