Election Day is Tuesday; early voting wraps up today

Election Day is tomorrow, but you can still vote early until noon today at the voter registration office in the Bartholomew County Courthouse.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at eight voting centers across the city. Those will be at Flintwood Wesleyan Church, St. John’s Masonic Lodge, Grace Lutheran Church, Donner Center, Bible Church of Columbus, The Commons, German American Bank on Jonathan Moore Pike and Terrace Lake Church.

Columbus voters are choosing from a full slate of candidates for Columbus City Council, with every race being contested between Republicans, Democrats and one independent. At the top of the ballot Republican Mayor Jim Lienhoop and Clerk-Treasurer Luann Welmer are running unopposed.

The race in City Council District 1 pits incumbent Republican Dascal Bunch against Democrat Jerone Wood and independent Michael Kinder.

Elaine Wagner, the incumbent Democrat in City Council District 2, is running for re-election against Republican Jim Hartsook.

In City Council District 3, incumbent Republican Dave Bush is facing Democrat Katea Ravega.

Frank Miller, the incumbent Republican in City Council District 4 is running for re-election against Democrat Michael Schoumacher.

In City Council District 5, incumbent Republican Tim Shuffett is facing Ross Thomas, a Democrat.

In the four-way race for the two at-large seats on the council, incumbent Republican Laurie Booher and Democrat Tom Dell are running against Republican Josh Burnett and Democrat Grace Kestler.

Most Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches will have extended hours today and Tuesday so patrons can  get appropriate ID to allow them to vote.

During the extended hours, branches will only process new, amended, or replacement ID cards, and renewed, amended, or replacement driver’s licenses and learner permits. New driver’s licenses and learner permits will only be processed provided the customer has previously completed all required testing. Customers who are required to take a knowledge or driving skills exam to obtain or renew a license may choose to apply for a free ID card to use for voting purposes.

Branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

We’ll have election results live tomorrow night after the polls close on News Talk 1010 WCSI and 98.1 FM and you can look for complete results on our website.