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May 2020 Offers Election Day Info

Nearly 4.5 million Hoosiers are registered to cast their votes this Tuesday in Indiana’s Primary Election. Whether voting in person or by mail, offers important information for the election on June 2.

Those who requested absentee ballots must return them to the county clerk’s office no later than noon on Tuesday. Completed ballots should be addressed to the local election board listed on or within the ballot.

Early voting ends noon on Monday, June 1. To vote early, Hoosiers must go to locations listed at There, Hoosiers can find hours and contact information for local county clerks’ offices.

On Election Day, voting centers are designated by county, township and precinct. To find your local polling center and hours, visit and click on “Find Your Polling Place.” Voters must bring an accepted photo ID with them, like an Indiana driver’s license or photo ID card, Military ID or U.S. Passport. If there are questions about what type of ID to bring, more information is available through the Indiana Secretary of State at

When voting, be sure to follow social distancing protocols and minimize direct contact between other voters and workers. Poll centers are equipped with protective gear, cleaning products, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectant to wipe down voting machines.

While Indiana is addressing the health and economic effects of the virus, protective measures are in place for Hoosiers to participate this election safely and securely.

State expands COVID-19 testing locations

As Indiana eases restrictions on residents and businesses, testing for the coronavirus is key to getting the state back on track. A new large-scale COVID-19 testing effort is underway for symptomatic Hoosiers, with more than 150 testing sites statewide.

Tests are available to those who are experiencing symptoms, close contacts of positive cases and residents of congregate living settings. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. This list is not inclusive, so be sure to consult a medical professional with questions and concerns related to the coronavirus.

Through the Indiana State Department of Health, tests are available Monday through Friday at 50 locations across the state. Appointments can be made online or by calling 888-634-1123. Those tested will not be charged and do not need insurance, but individuals with private insurance are asked to bring their information with them.

Test results are typically available within 48 hours. Hoosiers who test positive will receive a phone call, and those who test negative will be notified via email or text.

These free sites are in addition to testing offered by local hospitals and clinics. Criteria to be tested and costs vary at these locations, so check online before going to a site or making an appointment. Click here for an interactive map with a list of open sites near you.

For the latest information on the state’s COVID-19 efforts, visit

Thanking Our Teachers, Public Service Workers

Hoosiers work hard every day to support and strengthen their communities. During these unprecedented times, several groups of individuals are going above and beyond to ensure those in need have access to critical services like education, health care and more.

Each year, the first full week of May is recognized as both Teacher Appreciation Week and Public Service Recognition Week.

A good educator can have a lasting and positive impact on the development and success of a child and instill a life-long love of learning. Teachers work tirelessly to give their students the quality education they need to move on to their next phase in life.

It is also important to recognize all the public servants who have been working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of Indiana health care workers, emergency responders, law enforcement, correctional professionals, and so many other critical state employees have supported Indiana’s response to this public health emergency. We are grateful for their commitment, bravery and sacrifice during these trying times.

Now, more than ever, it is important that we give thanks and share our support for these Hoosier heroes.

Even while social distancing, there are plenty of ways to show gratitude for our state’s educators and public service workers. From sharing a photo with an influential teacher, health care or government worker on social media, to putting a thank you sign in the yard, a simple gesture of gratitude can go a long way.

Please take a moment this week to thank your local educators and public service workers, and let them know they are valued.

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