TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/ WAWV) – Eligible voters in Vigo County who need assistance voting, such as the elderly and the disabled, have a resource to help fill out their absentee mail-in ballots. Travel Board IC 3-11-10-24(b) was made to provide trained, unbiased support while not interfering with a person’s right to vote. Outside the Travel Board, no other individual can help a voter with an absentee mail-in ballot.
It will remain unbiased by sending one democrat and one republican from the Vigo County Election Board to the voter’s home to assist with filling out their ballot. With COVID-19, Travel Board workers are taking extra precautions so everyone is able to stay safe.
“The Travel Board in Indiana Code provides an added means to ensure that the voting process is easy for all eligible voters in Vigo County,” Brad Newman, Vigo County Clerk, said. “No Vigo County voter will ever have to pass up their right to vote, including reasons such as wanting and needing assistance to fill out a ballot. This is a resource we highly encourage voters to take advantage of should it be needed.”
There is also help for people voting in person. An eligible voter can get in-person assistance after completing the PRE-3 form, as long as the person who is helping them is not their boss or union representative. The democrat judge and republican judge can complete the PRE-3 affidavit and will be on-site to help at voting centers.
According to the Indiana Election Division Dispatch from September 2020, “state law requires the voter to be able to personally mark their own vote-by-mail ballot. If they cannot, then state law specifically requires the person to vote travel board. IC 3-11-10-24(b).”
The Travel Board is made to help those who are unable to make a voting mark on the ballot or sign the absentee ballot secrecy envelope and requests that the absentee ballot be delivered to an address within Indiana.
According to Indiana code, “if a voter receives an absentee ballot by mail the voter shall personally mark the ballot in secret and seat the marked ballot inside the envelope provided by the county election board for that purpose.”
Those who wish to request Travel Board with their absentee ballot, should call the Absentee Voting Office at (812) 462-3235. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is Oct. 22.