First Day Of Early Voting Sees Long Lines In South Bend

Oct 6, 2020

Voters line up outside the St. Joseph County-City Building in downtown South Bend on the first day of early voting, October 6, 2020.
Credit Gemma DiCarlo / WVPE Public Radio

Early voting in Indiana started at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Less than two hours later, there was already a line outside the County-City Building in downtown South Bend.

Lisa Jackson was one of those in line. She said she votes early every year to avoid Election Day crowds. But this year, she also wanted to get her ballot in before the pandemic made voting more complicated.

“You just don’t know, anything is possible," Jackson said. "You don’t know what’s going on with this COVID, it’s been real tricky.”

Janet Thesier said that even with the pandemic and unstable state of the President’s health, she’s not worried about things changing dramatically between now and Election Day.

“I think the President’s doing better, and he left the hospital," Thesier said. "So I think it’s going to be okay.”

Edward Steven Matthews is on disability, so he likes to vote before the weather gets too cold to line up outside.

He said that with the pandemic still not under control, things could take a turn before Election Day. Even so, he was still in line to cast his ballot Tuesday morning.

“I’m still gonna cast my vote early, and try to get that over with, get my vote in, and be happy,” Matthews said. 

Early voting in Indiana will run until noon on Monday, Nov. 2. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

 

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