TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Beginning Tuesday, voters can begin casting their ballots for this year’s general election in-person through early voting. Local elections say they are prepared to provide a safe environment for voters.
On the eve of early voting, officials from both Vigo and Knox counties say they expect this year’s election to draw a big turnout.
“I expect to see huge numbers turnout for early voting and on election day. I’d like to see upwards of 40,000 people,” said Brad Newman, Vigo County clerk.
“I am anticipating a very large turnout for the early voting portion of the election process here in Knox County,” said David Shelton, Knox County clerk.
As voters head to the polls, voting officials say safety measures will be in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Newman says in Vigo County mask wearing and social distancing will be encouraged. He also says the county will utilize PPE and offer each voter a one-time use stylus, plus the company SERVPRO will clean voting centers in real-time.
“This will probably be the most sanitary voting environment you’ve ever been in. It’s going to be like voting in the bubble,” Newman said.
In Knox County, officials say they too will be focused on sanitation and the safety of voters.
“We’ll be wiping down all machines with a surface cleaner between each voter, there will be plenty of hand sanitizer available,” Shelton said.
Shelton says, this year, early voting will also have a new location at the community corrections building in Knox County.
“Weather permitting we’ll have both of these overhead doors open all the way, plenty of fresh air and ventilation, we’ll be able to practice social distancing,” Shelton said.
Newman says Vigo County voters should be assured every measure is being taken to offer a positive voting experience.
“We’re going to do whatever it takes to provide the best possible election for Vigo County residents. I’ve stood by that and I will continue to stand by that,” Newman said.
Early voting will be available for Indiana residents until November 2nd.
Clerks want to remind that October 5th at midnight is the deadline to register to vote.
If you are unsure where to cast your ballot you should contact your local clerk’s office. Click this link for voting centers in Vigo County.