Friday October 16th – Morning Weather – Weather Photo by Addie Acres – News that Impacts You – Updated Mail-In Ballot Information (Early Voting Information) -Brought to you by Jim Biggs for Porter County Commissioner and Judge Mary DeBoer
NWS – Weather for the Chicago and Michiana Area
Windy with a chance of isolated showers moving into the weekend with a high Friday of 56. Saturday cloudy with a high near 63, windy with gusts up to 45-50 mph. Sunday chance of showers returns with a high of 55. Chance of showers continues on into the work week.
Today Isolated showers after 1pm. Widespread frost before 9am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight Isolated showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. West southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.
Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.
Sunday A 50 percent chance of showers after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Sunday Night A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Monday A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.
Monday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Tuesday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58.
Tuesday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Wednesday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 57.
Wednesday Night A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Thursday A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 64.
National Short Term Outlook
Widespread frost and freeze conditions will shift from the Central Plains and Midwest this morning, to the Ohio Valley and Appalachians tonight. A cold front will sweep eastward off the East Coast and the Gulf Coast by Saturday morning. For today and tonight, the front will bring rain to parts of the Northeast and Mid Atlantic, with heavy rain likely in parts of New England currently experiencing drought conditions. Cooler conditions in the wake of this front have produce widespread frost and freeze conditions across the Central Plains and Midwest this morning, and additional frost and freeze conditions are forecast into the Ohio Valley and Central Appalachians tonight.
Accumulating snows from the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains to the Lake Superior region. A low pressure system will sweep from the Northern Rockies into the Northern Plains from today into the weekend. Snow is likely in the Northern Rockies, with heavy snow in the highest elevations of western and central Montana and northern Wyoming. Additionally, the first notable snow accumulation of the season is expected in many areas from northeast Montana, into North Dakota and northern Minnesota, with a swath of 3 to 6 inches of snow forecast.
Temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees above average across the Southwest and California with a continued fire weather threat. Meanwhile, temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees above average across the Southwest and California with a continued fire weather threat. Red Flag Warnings are posted over parts of California through Friday morning, particularly in the northern half of the state. Elsewhere, scattered areas of elevated fire weather concerns are forecast across Southern California, the southern High Plains, and parts of the Middle Mississippi Valley on Saturday into Sunday.
News that Impacts You
Courtesy of RISE NWI
You have options as a Hoosier voter!
Note: If you received a Mail-In Ballot and Opt to Vote In Person, You Must Return Unused The Mail-In Ballot on Election Day.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT/CHANGE BY THE STATE OF IN REGARDING TURNING IN YOUR MAIL IN BALLOT AND VOTING IN PERSON!
𝗩𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗯𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲-𝗯𝘆-𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗹? Know your options of returning your completed ballot.
𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘆 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲?
1️⃣ Yourself. You can hand-deliver your ballot to the county election office.
2️⃣ A member of your household can hand-deliver your ballot to the county election office. This person must have the same address as you. This individual will have to fill out form ABS-19 (https://forms.in.gov/download.aspx?id=11887).
3️⃣ The United States Postal Service. Utilize the pre-paid postage envelope provided with your absentee ballot.
4️⃣ A bonded courier company
5️⃣ Your attorney in fact
𝗗𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗮𝗯𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲.
If your absentee ballot is lost, spoiled, or defective you can fill out the ABS-5 form (https://forms.in.gov/download.aspx?id=9942) and the election office will issue you a new ballot by mail or you can vote on a machine at early voting.
On Election Day (November 3, 2020) a voter may surrender their absentee ballot and vote in person.
If you have any questions please contact your county election board!
Lake County – 219-755-3795
Porter County – 219-465-3485
LaPorte County – 219-326-6808
𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗠𝗨𝗦𝗧 𝗯𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟱, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬. You can register online, or update your current voter registration information, by visiting IndianaVoters.com.
To be eligible to vote absentee-by-mail, you must submit your application by Thursday, October 22. If your county election office does not receive your application on this date by 11:59pm, you are not eligible to vote absentee-by-mail in November’s election. To submit your application you can:
💻Visit IndianaVoters.com to submit your application online.
🖨Download and print the application at https://indianavoters.in.gov/MVPHome/PrintDocuments. If you print an application you must hand sign your application, a digital application will not be accepted.
☎️ Call your county election office and request a paper application be mailed to you.
Early voting is scheduled to begin Tuesday, October 6. Traditionally, Lake County has 11 early voting locations and registered Lake County voters can visit any of the 11 sites. Due to COVID-19 we recommend contacting the county election office to verify dates, times, and locations.
𝗩𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻 𝗘𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗗𝗮𝘆
Polls will be open 6:00 am – 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 3. Visit IndianaVoters.com to verify your polling place.
𝗩𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗯𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲-𝗯𝘆-𝗧𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗕𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱
Travel board is a unique opportunity for voters who are confined to their home on Election Day. Call the county election office to learn more about this opportunity. The deadline to submit an application to vote absentee-by-travel board is noon on Monday, November 2.
𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀? 𝗔𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘆 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲!
Lake County: 219-755-3795
Porter County: 219-465-3485
La Porte County: 219-326-6808
Early Voting Locations Lake, Porter and LaPorte County
Lake County Indiana
Early Voting Locations, Dates & Times
For your convenience, there are five early voting locations. Eligible Porter County voters can cast their ballot at any of these locations.
Chesterton Town Hall Meeting Room
790 Broadway, Chesterton
Hebron Community Center
611 N Main, Hebron
Porter County North County Annex
3560 Willowcreek Rd, Portage
Porter County Administration Center,
Suite 102A, 155 Indiana Ave, Valparaiso
Union Township Fire Station #2
267 N 600 W, Valparaiso
Dates & Times
Early voting begins on Tuesday, October 6th and ends at Noon on Monday, November 2nd. All Early Voting locations will be open as follows:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday:
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Tuesdays & Thursdays:
8:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Saturdays (October 24th & 31st ONLY):
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Mobile Voting Locations, Dates & Times
Eligible Porter County voters can cast their ballots at the following mobile voting locations, dates & times.
Wednesday, October 7 From 4:00 PM To 7:00 PM
Jamestown Apartments, 2817 Virginia Park Ave. in Valparaiso.
Wednesday, October 14 From 4:00 PM To 7:00 PM
Oak Tree Village, 254 Sandalwood St. in Portage.
Wednesday, October 21 From 4:00 PM To 7:00 PM
Kouts Public Library, 101 E. Daumer Rd. in Kouts.
Saturday, October 24 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Haven Hollow Park, 330 W 700 North in South Haven.
Friday, October 30 From 4:00 PM To 7:00 PM
Luke Oil Gas Station, 298 Melton Rd. in Burns Harbor.
Early Voting Locations
La Porte County Complex
(North of Courthouse)
809 State Street
La Porte, IN 46350
Michigan City County Office Complex
(Corner of 8th & Wabash)
302 West 8th Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
Former County Library
7089 W. 400 N.
Michigan City, IN 46360
Wanatah Town Hall
104 N. Main Street
Wanatah, IN 46390
GENERAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING DATES
- Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 through Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 (8am-4pm)
- Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 through Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 (8am-4pm)
- Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 through Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 (8am-4pm)
- Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 (8am-3pm)
- Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 through Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 (8am-4pm)
- Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 (8am-3pm)
- Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 (8am-12:00 Noon)
MOBILE MARKET VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – OCTOBER
Volunteer at an upcoming Mobile Market food distribution at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Volunteer with your family, friends, school, community group, or corporate team. Ages 8 and older are welcome.
Sign up now: https://doodle.com/poll/uzqnztavwvn9vbbb
Strack & VanTil Team offer a helping hand at the Habitat for Humanity Lake Station Build Site
Sunset Christian Church offers a hand at the Habitat for Humanity NWI Lake Station Build Site
Gary, Indiana October 1, 2020 – Majestic Star Casino partnered with Habitat for Humanity of NW Indiana to build walls for a new home being built for the Best Family in Gary, Indiana. Majestic Star Casino provided a volunteer group of 24 to build all 32 interior and exterior walls as well as funds to cover materials. All the walls were built on the old casino property in Buffington Harbor.
“The work done by Habitat makes such a difference in the lives of those they serve, and I’m pleased to play a small part in that. Through our Spectacle ALL-IN program, the team at Majestic Star Casino is excited to pitch in and help Shakira Best’s family become homeowners at the “Field of Dreams” project in Gary. It’s a humbling and fulfilling experience for all of us,” stated Rich Zeigler, Vice President of Development for Spectacle Entertainment and a Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana board member.
“Decent, affordable housing is critical to the welfare of each and every family. We are so grateful to partner with Majestic Star Casino, stabilizing another family in Northwest Indiana.” stated Dawn Michaels, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana.
Shakira Best and her family will move into a neighborhood called “Field of Dreams”. This beautiful, two block section of Gary is nearly entirely comprised of Habitat homes. The first Habitat home in the “Field of Dreams” broke ground in 2004.
September 25, 2020
Indiana Moves to Stage 5 of Back on Track Indiana (Covid-19 Response)
Under this adjusted Stage 5, face coverings remain required.
Organizers of events with more than 500 people in attendance will be required to submit a plan to the local health department that outlines measures to mitigate COVID-19.
Restaurants and bars that serve food may open at full capacity as long as six feet of space to maintain social distancing is in place. Customers must be seated at a table or counter.
Indoor and outdoor venues may open at full capacity with social distancing measures in place. Senior centers and congregate meal sites may open with precautions. Personal services and gyms and fitness centers may resume normal operations with social distancing safeguards and cleaning protocols in place.
Details and guidance are updated at BackOnTrack.in.gov and in Executive Order 20-43.
I also signed an executive order extending the public health emergency an additional 30 days.
The executive orders can be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm