High Voter Turnout on Election Day

Over 100 million people have cast their ballots so far this election -- and one thing that has been consistent throughout the Tri-State all day is the lines.

Posted: Nov 3, 2020 5:29 PM
Updated: Nov 3, 2020 6:01 PM

“It is the day to vote. Love the pre-voting, the early voting — that’s a great idea. But today is the day, the right day - Nov. 3rd,” said Election Day voter David Schwambach.

For some voters, early voting isn’t just as exciting as voting on election day.

“You don’t want to open the presents early,” he said. “It’s like opening Christmas presents on Dec. 20th. So, I love to vote the day of and this is our freedom this is what we do in America — we vote our convictions.”

And from the Washington Square Mall in the morning to the Owensboro Sports Center at lunch time -- lines were steady all day.

“Obviously this is a really big election,” said early voter Kendra Streicher. “I think it’s awesome that we’re getting such an awesome turnout. I know early voting was pretty busy too — it’s going to be historic.”

While poll workers tried to make voting a safe experience with plexiglass shields and machines six feet apart — they also took extra steps to prepare for the high voter turn out.

“With the Covid — they moved us out to the middle of the mall,” said polling inspector Russ Lloyd. “We were back in one of the rooms and obviously we want to give enough space. We’ve got enough machines this year to vote people to try to move them through faster. Obviously you see the lines.”

As for the election results, voters say they’ll be on the edge of their seats waiting to find out if their candidate won.

“I think it’s going to be kind of crazy either way,” said voter Alexa Koch-Skie. “I think right now — we're all a little bit divided — I just hope that everybody can stay safe and it’s not too bad.”

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