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Allen County neighborhoods gearing up for local elections

Zach Bernard/WBOI News

Allen County's Neighborhood Association met for its first quarterly meeting of the year Thursday night in downtown Fort Wayne.

The 90-minute meeting focused on answering legal questions looming around various neighborhood issues, in addition to updates from government officials on goals and projects for the coming year.

2022 is a municipal election year, and the neighborhoods will have to be prepared for two dates: Tuesday, May 3 for the primary, and Tuesday, November 8 for the election itself.

Amy Scrogham with the county board of elections was on hand to discuss matters with attendees. She said voters can expect postcards before the primary on where polling locations will be.

"We’re trying to move back to what we had in 2018, minus some locations, they don’t want us to use them anymore. We try to keep you as close as we can to your homes, and it’s not fun to move you, trust me."

She also touched on voting laws, specifically the 28 day window for early voting, and that absentee mail-in ballots this year will be accepted until 6pm on election day, as opposed to noon in recent years.

Scrogham projects early voting ballots will start to be mailed out around March 19.

Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters was also present at the meeting. While he was mostly there to discuss the county budget and goals for 2022, he also commented on the upcoming election, asking for help in improving turnout.

"I think it’s important as neighborhood leaders that you work to help elevate our democratic process here in Allen County."

The next meeting of the neighborhood association will be one week before the election, on Thursday, April 28.

Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered, and hosted Morning Edition for the past few years. In 2022, he was promoted to Content Director.