By FRANK PHILLIPS
Polling places were open about four hours today when this reporter spoke with employees at the Clay County Election office.
Clerk Mary Brown said polls were reporting slow to steady turnout by 10:15 a.m., but there were no problems reported.
One Brazil resident, Leo Southworth, sent The Brazil Times an e-mail complaining about the new voter ID law.
"While the law states that a military ID card can be used, officer, military retirees and 100 percent disabled veterans, such as I, are issued ID cards that have no specified expiration date."
Southworth returned my call in the afternoon to further clarify what happened at the polls.
"I was not denied voting, but I had to produce a second ID, which I had with me," he said. "But, if you're a quadriplegic, what other ID do you need?"
The military ID should be as good as a passort, Southworth said.
However, the county clerk said the military ID issue has been addressed by the state. even though the IDs do not carry expiration dates, there is a box marked "INDEF", meaning the expiration date is indefinite.
"Those cards will be accepted for identification," Brown said at 10:15 a.m.
Voters should also know that if they do not have proper ID, they will be given a provisional ballot, Brown said. They will have 10 days to produce acceptable ID to make their ballot count in the election.
Clay County returns will be posted live to the Internet, said Clay County spokesman Scott Hill, who is in charge of maintaining the county's computer network.
The URL is http://www.claycountyin.gov.
Information will be available sometime after the polls close at 6 p.m.
The returns will also be projected onto a screen in the Clay Circuit courtroom in the courthouse. The room will be open to the public.
Questions about polling places and the election may be directed to the Clay County Election Office, 448-9024.