SEVERE WX : Flood Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

40,000 Vanderburgh Co. Early Ballots Opened Wednesday

With a record turnout of voters and a new system for counting early voting ballots -- Vanderburgh County election workers are still making their way through 40,000 votes the day after the presidential election.

Posted: Nov 4, 2020 5:36 PM
Updated: Nov 4, 2020 7:50 PM

While Vanderburgh County voters normally find out the election results late into the night on presidential election day, that has not been the case this year.


"We quit over here at the Old National Events Plaza a little bit after 6 last night in opening the absentee ballots,” said Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla Hayden.


This leaves 40,000 votes still needing to be counted as of Wednesday, Nov. 4th.


And Hayden says high voter turnout, coupled with the new state mandated system of voting, which requires paper instead of electronic ballots for early voting, has made it difficult to process through them this year.


"So, the in person votes were treated very much like the in-person votes were treated yesterday,” Hayden said. “The data was just read into a computer and then we had totals. With the paper trail we have now with the new voting machines anything that was cast in-person before election day also went into an envelope and has to be opened, so that's 40,000 more envelopes to open then we have in years past."


And to make things fair -- Democrats and Republicans have been split up into teams to go through the 40,000 -- in person early voting ballots. They also have to make sure there are two signatures from poll workers on those ballots before they are sent over to the Civic Center to be scanned in the voting machine.


"So if there are any discrepancies though, like we can catch discrepancies,” said election worker Leah Whitaker. “But then we set those aside and the attorneys with the clerk's office will go through the discrepancies and make their ruling."


Hayden says it’s truly been an unusual year for the electrical process and hopes 2024 will look much different.


"It is unusual that we don't get through all of the ballots on election night,” she said. “Obviously, we've had many nights where it's been 2 a.m or something and we could get through, but we just knew we would not be able to get through."


And while all of the in-person early vote ballots were opened by 2 on Wednesday, all 40,000 still need to be tabulated through the voting machines, which could take up until 10 tonight or until tomorrow morning.


As for the results, they won’t officially be certified until the election board meets in ten days.

Evansville
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 65°
Owensboro
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 64°
Mount Carmel
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 63°
Madisonville
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 65°
Washington
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 63°
The gorgeous weather will stick around to start your workweek.
WEVV 4K Doppler Radar
WEVV 7-Day Forecast
WEVV Watches & Warnings

Latest Video

Image

Evansville Police Investigate ATM Theft

Image

Evansville Police Investigate After Apartments Struck By Gunfire

Image

Gorgeous Monday

Image

Stromboli Week Kicks Off In The River City

Image

Boom Squad Kids Learn Business Skills

Image

Warrick Parks Foundation Selling Half Pot Tickets

Image

What to Expect on Your Monday

Image

Sunny Skies Continue as 60s Take Over

Image

Evansville Police Investigate ATM Theft

Image

Fewer Americans Planning A Spring Break Trip

Community Events