Vigo County Voter Turnout Nears Record Breaking Numbers


Monday was the final day for early voting and officials say they are astounded by the number of people who turned out.
At first they weren’t sure if more people were voting or if more people were just voting early.
But that question was answered after the final tally before election day showed more than 16 thousand people in Vigo County already cast their ballots in early voting compared to the total 22 thousand voters in the 2014 election.

Indiana as a whole seems to be seeing an increase in voters as well with 2018 early voting numbers coming close to those in the 2016 Presidential Election.
The Vigo County Clerk, Brad Newman says the county has never seen numbers like this before.
He fully anticipates the surge in voters to roll over into Election Day.
If Vigo County continues to vote at this level then the election board is going to have to expand vote centers for future elections.
“The state mandates that we cut it off at noon, we still had people lined up. What happened was at noon, we had to put somebody in line and say ‘hey look, after this if you’re not already in line we can’t let you vote.’ It is almost to a point where people have voter frenzy and voter frenzy is a good thing,” says Newman.
If the trend that Vigo County saw in early voting continues into Election Day voters will set records for the General Election.

For those wanting to vote on Election Day the times are as follows.

Indiana vote centers 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Illinois voter centers 6 a.m.- 7p.m.

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