Early voting in Vigo County nears 35,000 ballots cast

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The early voter turnout in Vigo County was “very, very huge” according to Chief Deputy Clerk LeAnna Moore.

With a few mail-in ballots still left to count, 34,499 ballots were cast in Vigo County before Election Day, including 28,606 cast in person. The Annex saw more than 400 voters Monday alone.

“Normally, we don’t have 34,000 votes total,” Moore noted.

Most ballots were cast at the polls; however mail-in ballots have also far exceeded previous years. In 2016, for example, Moore said 1,464 mail-in ballots were received. So far this year, Vigo County election officials have counted 5,893 mail-in ballots.

Despite the heavy turnout, things have gone well for election officials.

“I think everything has been very smooth,” Moore said.

In nearby Sullivan County, 2,439 early voters cast their ballots this year with an additional 957 mail-in ballots received, County Clerk Tonya Bedwell said. Bedwell noted only 61 mail-in ballots are left to be returned.

In Clark County in Illinois, County Clerk Laurie Lee reported, “We have been nonstop.” With people still in line Monday afternoon, 2,760 had voted in person with 1,007 voting absentee. Clark County had exceeded early voting numbers in 2116 by 1,000 three weeks ago.

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