Vanderburgh County Sees High Turnout for First Day of Early Voting

Tuesday, Oct 6. marks the start of early voting in the Hoosier State and the pandemic did not keep voters from turning out in droves at the Old National Events Plaza to cast their ballots.

Posted: Oct 6, 2020 5:34 PM

Early voting kicked-off in Indiana on Tuesday, Oct. 6th. and Vanderburgh County saw great crowds for the first day.


Voters were wrapped around the Old National Events Plaza to cast their ballots before doors even opened at 8 a.m.


"It's a turnout like no one's ever seen for the first day of early voting,” said Vanderburgh County Clerk, Carla Hayden. “Usually it's just a trickle of a few people in the Civic Center."


And this big turnout for in-person voting is unexpected, with Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla Hayden saying she’s seen twice as many people request absentee ballots this year than in past presidential election's.


"When I ran the numbers on Saturday, they were running around 12,000,” Hayden said. “So, it's a huge turnout that way. We thought maybe that indicated a shift from in person voting to mail in voting. Today makes me wonder if that's the case."


As for voters, they say this year’s election is too important to sit out.


"We're in a bad place right now and we need to make our voices heard,” said voter Donna Bennett.


"I anticipated that it would be a line and that's why I came early. I look like I should have come earlier, so I wouldn't be out in the cold,” said voter Sabrina Stewart-Thomas. “But, that means that people are interested in the voting process. And so, I would like to see more people, even the lines longer, so that we can make some substantial change in the upcoming election."


While the clerk’s office asks for patience as they continue to work out socially distanced voting.


"Because this is a brand new voting system. It's new to the poll workers. It's new to the voters,” Hayden said. “So it's taken a little bit of time for people to get a rhythm to it. And it takes it a little bit longer for people to vote."


Early voting ends at noon on Monday, Nov. 2.

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