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Election Day 2020: What You Need to Know

Though a record number of Americans have voted early in the 2020 General Election, there are millions more who have yet to cast their ballot. Here are some things to consider if you're voting on Election Day.

Posted: Nov 2, 2020 11:33 PM

It's all come down to this -- Election Day 2020. It's one of the most anticipated elections in American history.

Early voting across the country has shattered expectations, surpassing 96 million nationwide.

In Indiana more than 1.5 million Hoosiers voted early, and with polls open all day tomorrow (6 AM-6PM), local election officials are anticipating a record-breaking Election Day.

In Vanderburgh County early in-person turnout reached just more than 40,000 voters, double that of 2016, a number Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla Hayden says her office wasn't expecting.

"In the beginning we were a little taken aback by it but as time went on we thought 'oh we're going to hit that 40,000 mark' and we did hit it today," she said.

But there's still plenty of voters who have yet to cast their ballot and Hayden said, despite many voting already, if you're showing up on November 3, prepare to wait.

"We expect that there will be long lines tomorrow regardless of what location a person chooses," she said. "I would tell voters to go expecting to wait and to please be patient."

With that in mind, here's a few things to consider:

Polls open at 6 AM but rather than lining up first thing, go late in the morning to try and avoid that rush.

Bring provisions like water, snacks, a book and a chair to help with that long wait.

Remember to take COVID-19 precautions. Wear your mask, bring hand sanitizer and social distance as much as possible.

"Also make sure that you have that government-issued ID with you," Hayden said. "You don't want to stand in line for an hour and then find out when you get to the front that you don't have that ID with you."

Hayden is also reminding those who opted to vote by mail this year, that if you still haven't turned in your absentee ballot, you have until noon to hand it in to the election's office if you want your vote to be counted.

She said while she can't predict how many voters will show up on Election Day, one thing is for certain.

"We're looking at tomorrow and we're going 'we don't know'," she said. "But we're just about 20,000 off of what the total turnout for the 2016 election was by all methods so we expect to crush that record." 

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