HANCOCK COUNTY – Early voting started Tuesday, leaving less than a month until the May 7 primary election.

Local seats up for grabs in the 2024 primary election include circuit court judge, county coroner, treasurer, county commissioner for District 1 and District 3, three seats for county council at-large, Republican precinct committeemen, and convention delegates — five per county council district, five at-large Republican delegates and 18 at-large Democrat delegates.

The primary election results will determine for open seats with multiple candidates, who will be chosen to represent the political party on the general election ballot in November.

Information provided by the election office showed Scott Sirk (Republican) filed for reelection for circuit court judge, and Jane Klemme (Republican) for county treasurer — both unopposed. For county coroner, the two candidates who will go against each other for the seat is Rudolph A. Nylund III (Republican) and Kirbie Young (Democrat).

Current county council president Jeannine Gray (Republican) and current McCordsville town council president Greg Brewer (Republican) have filed for the county commissioner seat in District 1. For District 3, Bill Spalding (Republican) is running for reelection unopposed.

For the three open county council at large seats, current council members Kent Fisk (Republican) and Robin D. Lowder (Republican) have filed. Current county commissioner John D. Jessup (Republican) has also filed for a seat. Those who filed but do not currently hold county council seats are George E. Plisinski Jr. (Republican), Carol Pearson (Democrat), Linda A. Robinson (Democrat) and Frank G. Rock Jr. (Democrat).

House Representative District 53 seat has Democrat Nate Anderson running unopposed, and Republicans Keely Butrum, Brian Evans, Ethan J. Lawson and Kevin S. Mandrell are running against each other to be the Republican candidate that will go against Anderson in the fall.

Running for reelection for State Senator District 28 unopposed is Michael Crider (Republican).

April 9 through May 3, the Hancock County Courthouse located at 9 E. Main St. in Greenfield will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on May 6 for early voting. Voters will have to use the north entrance only of the courthouse to gain access to the clerk’s office to vote. This location will also not have any early voting on Saturdays.

Just last Thursday, the Hancock County Election Board did their public test of the voting machines and passed. That included testing the brand-new ballot printers the county was able to get with a check presented by State Secretary Diego Morales for approximately $39,000 for election improvements.

Beginning April 22, in addition to the clerk’s office, five locations will be added throughout the county for early voting.

The Hancock County Public Library Greenfield Branch, located at 900 W McKenzie Road, will be open from 2-7 p.m. on weekdays until May 3. This location will host two Saturdays — April 27 and May 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Hancock County Public Library Sugar Creek Branch, located at 5731 W. U.S. 52 in New Palestine will also be open from 2-7 p.m. on weekdays until May 3. This location will host two Saturdays — April 27 and May 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, located at 398 Malcolm Grass Way, will also be open weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 through May 3, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 and May 4. When using this location, there will be parking in the east lot only.

Another voting location is the Mt. Vernon School Administration building at 1806 W. Ind. 234 in Fortville. To access this location, enter off CR 200W. It will be open during the week 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 through May 3, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 and May 4. This location will not be available for Election Day.

Randall Residence, located at 6338 W. Quiet Road just behind the Gateway Complex, will be open for voting from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays through April 22 to May 3. This location will not be open on Saturdays.

Twelve locations will be open on Election Day, May 7. All registered Hancock County voters can go to any location. Hours for each location will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For the full list of locations for Election Day or additional information, visit hancockin.gov/203/Election-Office.