The heated race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination has had little affect on the number of registered voters in Clay County.
According to the Election Office, there are 19,385 voters officially registered with 95 whose status is still pending.
"The final number will change between now and the election," Deputy Clerk Beth Mallinak said. "Not all of the ones that are pending will necessarily become registered."
The number is slightly lower than the 2006 primary (19,713) and higher than the 2004 (19,296) and 2000 (17, 843) primaries.
The main reason the number has gone down is because during the summer of 2006, the State of Indiana instituted a program to help eliminate duplicate voters from the system.
"There were some cases where an individual had moved and registered in their new county, but were not removed from ours," Mallinak said. "The program helped us clear things up."
Registered voters increased for the general elections by 420 in 2004 and 222 in 2000, but because of the program, the 2006 number decreased by 526.
One thing that has gone up with the current race is the number of people choosing to vote early.
According to Mallinak, nearly 200 people have come into the Election Office to vote early, with an additional 192 absentee ballots sent out in the mail and the office has received 45 traveling board applications.
In 2004, 302 total absentee and early voting ballots were cast, and it increased to 381 in 2006.
"I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up with more than 600 absentee ballots for the primary this year," Mallinak said. "Residents also need to remember that Monday is the deadline to submit their applications to receive an absentee ballot through the mail.
Early voting continues through May 5, at noon, and this Saturday and next Saturday (May 2), early voting will be available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All early voting takes place at the Election Office on the second floor of the Clay County Courthouse.
For questions, contact the Election Office at 448-9023.