Voting officials hopeful after high early voter turn out

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Early voting centers have been open for a week, and already more than 2,500 votes have been cast according to the Vigo County Clerk Brad Newman.

Four years ago, in the last Municipal Election, only 8,700 ballots were cast total.

“If we maintain this pace I think we’re gonna have in between 10 and 12, maybe 13,000 votes total,” explained Newman.

Voting officials believe the two referendums on this year’s ballot, the casino and the Vigo County School Corporation operational tax, are bringing people to the polls.

“We have had a lot of county people, yes,” said E-Poll Clerk Carole Reynolds. “Maybe more so than city, and they’re voting on those two referendums. So we’re very proud.”

Resident Abigail Pluff is passionate about early voting and is happy to have voiced her opinion on the referendums.

“Early voting. You know it’s done, you know it’s over with. You know you did it,” she explained. “You don’t have to worry about standing in long lines on Election Day. Especially now, it’s off my plate and I don’t have to think about it anymore.”

Election Day is Nov. 5, if you would like to cast your vote early, you may do so from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Honey Creek Mall or from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vigo County Government Office.

“If you want a change, get out and make a change. Make the effort, it only takes about 15 minutes to vote,” said Newman. “If you like the way things are going and where we’re at now that’s okay too. But I don’t think you can complain if you don’t vote.”

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