Dearborn County Voting Information 2016

For those citizens who are unsure as to what to do to become a registered voter, the Indiana Statewide Voter Registration System explains the ins and outs of the voting process, including what must take place before Election Day. In order to qualify to vote in the state of Indiana, you must:

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A.) Be at least 18 years of age,

B.) Be U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana,

C.) Have resided in your county for at least 30 days prior to the election, and

D.) Not be currently imprisoned.

You can register to vote at any time, however, if you plan on voting in this November’s election, you must register at least 29 days before Election Day. To register to vote, there are a couple different ways to go about it. You could fill out the Indiana Voter Registration Form on the Indiana Statewide Voter Registration System website and mail it in to your county’s voter registration office or the Indiana Election Division. Or you can visit your local BMV and apply in person.

After you have registered to vote, you must find the location of your polling place. Your polling place is determined by your address and which township you live in. If you are unsure, you can type in your information on the Indiana Statewide Voter Registration System website to determine your polling place. In Indiana, you must bring a valid, government-issued form of photo identification — like a driver’s license or state ID card — with you to the polls.

If any of your personal information has changed — such your name or address — since the last election, you must update that information at least 29 days before Election Day. If you update your registration information online, make sure you have your driver’s license or state ID card handy to confirm your identity.

November 8, 2016 is Election Day and polls are open from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. If you are unable to make it to your polling place during those hours, you can vote by absentee ballot. You can apply to vote absentee either in person or by mail by filling out the absentee ballot application. Applications must be mailed or faxed at least 8 days prior to Election Day. If you are eligible to vote absentee, you can vote absentee-in-person at your county clerk’s office — located in the courthouse — or you can vote absentee-by-mail and mail in your vote. Your absentee vote must be received by the county clerk’s office by noon of the day prior to Election Day (November 7). For more information about absentee voting, please visit Indiana’s official website.

One of Indiana’s Oldest Street Festivals

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It’s that time of year again for one of Indiana’s Oldest Street Festivals, the Aurora Farmers Fair! This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future.” I know that no one is more excited than I am for fair food, but there is so much more to the Farmers Fair than funnel cakes and rides. (Wait, is there??)

The Aurora Farmers Fair started out as an agriculture show for farmers to show off their produce in 1908. 108 years ago, the Farmers Fair was just a bunch of long tables placed along either side of Second Street, from Bridgeway to Judiciary Streets. Horses, wagons, buggies, and a few automobiles all the way from Kentucky and Ohio, as well as Dearborn and its surrounding counties, swarmed that first fair. And the rest is history.

It wasn’t until 1940 that the first building was purchased to house the exhibits. Concession stands and booths eventually replaced the long tables, and the midway expanded. Stages and shows were added to the agenda and the parade became an annual event. In February of 1959, the Aurora Lions Club assumed full sponsorship and management of the fair. Since then, the Lions Club (and countless others!) have worked tirelessly year after year to make the fair what it is today.

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The Aurora Public Library and Local History Library at the Depot are located on Second Street, which means that we’re right in the middle of all the fair action. In fact, the Aurora Public Library hosts the King and Queen contestants before the contest every year. The best part is, the Libraries remain open during fair week, so you can come early (And get a good parking spot!) to browse our collections before heading out to the midway, which opens on Wednesday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m.

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1915 Aurora Public Library Float

The Aurora Public Library will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. during September 28-30. The Local History Library at the Depot will open at 11:00 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m during September 28-30 as well. Both branches will be closed on Saturday, October 1 to enjoy the Farmers Fair. The Dillsboro Public Library hours will remain the same. For more information about the Aurora Farmers Fair, please visit the website.