Local counties implement safety measures for Indiana primaries

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FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Early voting began on May 26 for the state of Indiana.

After the Indiana primary was postponed to June 2, local election boards took measures to ensure that voters would be safe while at the polls.

Inside of the polling locations, voters are asked to maintain social distance and Vigo Co. announced their partnership with SERVPRO, to sanitize voting areas last week.

Vigo Co. Clerk, Brad Newman, said the voter turnout for the first day of early voting was better than expected.

“The people have been amazing. We ran at least 200 people through the annex. The mall had another 65 or 70 people. We’re seeing some pretty decent numbers. All I ask is that people be patient. This COVID-19 thing is still new to us too. But so far it’s went really smooth and really well,” Newman said.

Poll workers in Sullivan Co. are also wiping down voting machines and frequently touched surfaces after each use.

Tonya Bedwell, the Sullivan Co. Clerk, said they’ve seen more absentee votes than in years past.

“We’re expecting people to come out and vote. We’re just not sure really with the COVID-19 how many people will go to the polls or come to the courthouse to early vote. We’ve had i think around a 600 percent increase in the absentee voting from the 2016 primary,” Bedwell said.

Early voting will continue through June 1, with the primary election day taking place on June 2.

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