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Your guide to the 2023 municipal primary election.

The City of Evansville’s 2023 primary election is Tuesday, May 2, and will determine which primary race candidates will advance to the 2023 general election on Nov. 7. This year’s municipal ballot includes races for several crucial roles in Evansville city government, including mayor and City Council.

Indiana offers opportunities to vote early in person or by mail, along with open precinct voting on Election Day (meaning voters don’t have to report to any one certain voting center). The Indiana Voters Portal (link to: https://indianavoters.in.gov/) allows residents to check their voter status as well to look up exactly which candidates are on their precinct’s ballot.

On the Ballot

City-wide, residents will vote for a new mayor — and, notably, the majority of the candidates are women. On the ballot are Republicans Cheryl Musgrave and Natalie Rascher, Democrat Stephanie Terry, and Libertarian Michael Daugherty.

Several current members of Evansville’s City Council, including Ward 1 Democrat Ben Trockman, Ward 3 Democrat Zac Heronemus, Ward 4 Democrat Alex Burton, Ward 5 Republican Angela Koehler Lindsey, and Ward 6 Democrat Jim Brinkmeyer are running unopposed. Republican Maytes Rivera is running against Democratic Ward 2 incumbent Missy Mosby. Five candidates are vying for three at-large council seats: Republican incumbents Ron Beane and Jonathan Weaver, and Democrats Mary Allen, Paul Green, and Courtney Johnson.

Democratic incumbent Laura Windhorst is the only candidate on the ballot for Evansville city clerk.

Absentee Mail-In Voting

Absentee voting for Evansville residents who are not able to vote in person early or on Election Day is divided into several categories, with a general deadline of Thursday, April 20, for completed absentee ballot applications to be received and approved by the Election Office. Completed absentee mail-in ballots must be postmarked by a USPS or affiliated facility by Tuesday, May 2, 2023.

Early In-Person Voting Centers

Early voting (also known as “absentee in person voting”) for the 2023 Evansville city primary election is available through noon Monday, May 1. In-person voters must have already registered by April 4 and bring a current government-issued photo ID to the voting center. Be advised: Early voting locations and hours are quite different from prior primary elections, with Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s Central Branch taking the place of Old National Events Plaza for near-daily voting.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday April 4-28; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22 and 29; 9 a.m.-noon May 1
• EVPL Central, 200 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Noon-6 p.m. April 24-27; noon-5 p.m. April 28
• Washington Square Mall, 4801 Washington Ave.
• EVPL North Park, 960 Koehler Drive
• EVPL Oaklyn, 3001 Oaklyn Drive
• EVPL Red Bank, 120 S. Red Bank Road

8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 22 and 29
• Northeast Park Baptist Church, 1215 N. Boeke Road
• Cedar Hall Elementary School, 2100 N. Fulton Ave.

Election Day Voting Centers

All 16 voting centers for the 2023 Evansville primary election are open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2.
• Academy for Innovative Studies (AIS), 2319 Stringtown Road
• Bethel United Church of Christ, 3029 N. Green River Road
• Calvary Temple Assembly of God, 5050 N. First Ave.
• Caze Elementary School, 2013 S. Green River Road
• Cedar Hall Elementary School, 2100 N. Fulton Ave.
• Fairlawn United Methodist Church, 2001 Parker Drive
• Glenwood Leadership Academy, 901 Sweetser Ave.
• Memorial Baptist Church, 605 Canal St.
• Methodist Temple, 2109 Lincoln Ave.
• Northeast Park Baptist Church, 1215 N. Boeke Road
• Plaza Park School, 7301 Lincoln Ave.
• St. James West United Methodist Church, 3111 Hillcrest Terrace
• St. Lucas United Church of Christ, 33 W. Virginia St.
• Simpson United Methodist Church, 2201 W. Illinois St
• Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center, 1901 Lynch Road
• Washington Square Mall, 4801 Washington Ave.

For further information, contact the Vanderburgh County Election Office by calling 812-435-5122 or emailing election.office@vanderburghcounty.in.gov.

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