Virginia Marner has been surprised at how many hopeful voters coming into Howard County Republican headquarters aren’t yet registered to vote.

Fortunately, the local GOP and Democratic headquarters downtown will be open during part of the weekend.

And those wanting to wait until the very last moment can still register or change their address at Howard County Voter Registration — on the first floor of the Howard County Courthouse — from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Monday.

The last day to register to vote or change your address is Monday.

The first day to cast absentee ballots at the courthouse also is Monday.

Here are some tips for anyone wishing to register, courtesy of county voter registration.

• If you register in person at the courthouse, you will need to enter the building on the Main Street (east side) only. The voter registration office is located in Room 104B. The state prefers the 10-digit number on your driver’s license as your voter identification number. If you don’t have a driver’s license, call voter registration at 456-2219 for options.

• Residents may also download a voter registration application on the Howard County Web site:

Scroll down to the Voter Registration hyperlink. Then there will be a link for the registration form. Download and complete the form, and hand-deliver it or get in the mail so it will be postmarked Oct. 6 to: Voter Registration, 104 N. Buckeye St., Room 104B, Kokomo, IN 46901.

Voter registration officials also note it is extremely important to change your address prior to the election.

Howard County is split between two congressional districts. If a voter moves from one congressional district to another, and does not change addresses with the voter registration office by the end of the day Monday, that voter will be ineligible to vote in the presidential election.

Voters need to ask themselves three questions, and make sure of the answers. Any of the three questions can be answered by calling voter registration at 456-2219.

• Am I registered?

• I moved, now what?

• Where is my polling place?

Voters can also register at the local party headquarters.

The Democrat headquarters, 102 W. Walnut St., will be open the following hours: 2 to 4 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Republican headquarters, 204 N. Main St., will be open the following hours: 2 to 5 p.m. today; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Scott Smith may be reached at (765) 454-8569 or via e-mail at

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