Early Voting

Indiana Preparing Ballot Count After Record Early Turnout

Nov 2, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — County election offices around Indiana are gearing up to count the flood of early ballots as the final votes are being cast in this year's election. The Indiana secretary of state's office says more than 1.7 million voters had cast ballots by mail or in-person at an early voting locations as of Monday morning. More than 560,000 mail-in ballots were requested by the Oct. 22 deadline, although not all have been returned to county election offices yet.

The St. Joseph County Election Board is warning voters not to expect full voting results on Election Night. That’s due to the historic amount of early voting and mail-in absentee votes that have been cast. But even in a normal election year, it’s uncommon to have certified results on Election Night.

 

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More than 1.7 million Hoosiers have cast their ballots early this election – that’s nearly double the number who voted early in 2016.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The flood of Indiana voters choosing mail-in ballots or heading to early voting sites has kept up as the final votes are being cast in this year’s election. With more than 1.5 million votes cast heading into the weekend, Indiana is on its way to doubling the number of early votes cast during the 2016 presidential election and has already tallied more than half of the 2.8 million total votes cast that year.

Lucas Oil Stadium Will Be A Voting Site

Oct 30, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s largest county is getting its largest early voting site. The Marion County Election Board voted Friday to allow early voting at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The stadium will include 56 voting machines and eight poll pads, more than at any other site, Deputy Director of Elections Brent Stinson said. The web site indyvotetimes.org showed a wait time of 215 minutes, or more than 3 1/2 hours, at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the nearby City-County Building.

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South Bend community leaders are asking churches to encourage their congregants to get out and vote early on Sunday, Nov. 1, just two days before Election Day.

South Bend Common Council President Karen White said "Super Sunday" started about three years ago, when she began researching how churches served as a force for change in communities of color during the Civil Rights Movement.

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Elkhart County Clerk Christopher Anderson said that, like so many things in the year 2020, the county’s early voter turnout has been unprecedented.

“Two thousand twenty is a complete and utter anomaly when it comes to making any type of comparisons,” he said. 

As of 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, over 23,500 people had voted early in-person in Elkhart County. Anderson said that represents almost 19 percent of the county’s registered voters. 

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It’s been three weeks since the start of early voting, which for St. Joseph County Clerk Rita Glenn and her employees has meant 12+ hour days.

 

“It’s been challenging, and in the same respect, it’s been rewarding to see our numbers up,” Glenn said.

 

As of Monday night, based on figures provided by Glenn’s office, the county has seen approximately just under a 70% increase in early voting overall as compared to 2016 — and there’s still another week of early voting before Election Day.

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St. Joseph County is offering the first weekend of early voting this weekend. Voters can go to the County-City Building in downtown South Bend or the County Services Building in Mishawaka on Lincolnway West Saturday, Oct. 24th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25th from noon to 4 p.m. 

 Weekend voting will be offered next weekend in St. Joseph County as well. Early voting opportunities will still be available weekdays at the South Bend and Mishawaka locations mentioned above from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 1st. On Mon., Nov. 2nd (the last day of early voting) hours will be from 8 a.m. to noon.

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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.”

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Both the Elkhart County and St. Joseph County Boards of Elections are prepared to meet voters safely when early voting begins on Tuesday.

Distancing, masking, and equipment sanitization are all par for the course. Some provisions, though, are a little more unorthodox. 

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Local elections offices will begin mailing absentee ballots to Michigan voters on Thursday, Sept. 24, the start date for early voting. Voters who have requested absentee ballots can also pick them up at to their local clerk’s office

Anyone can request an absentee ballot in Michigan without an excuse. Voters can fill out the application online or by hand, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot in Michigan is Friday, October 30. 

Early Voting Is Underway In Michigan's Presidential Primary

Jan 25, 2020
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Voting is underway in Michigan's presidential primary more than a year after the option was greatly expanded through the passage of a ballot measure.

Early Voters Turn Out In South Bend On Monday

Nov 5, 2018
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Early voters turned out in record numbers in Indiana ahead of Tuesday's midterms.

On Monday you’d have been hard pressed to find a parking spot anywhere near the County-City building in South Bend as people turned up to early vote. There was a line snaking across the lobby as people waited to cast their ballots.

One that did was Marques Bolden. “I think it’s important to vote," he said. "Being African-American history has proven that we had to fight to get the right to vote and that’s very important to me personally.”