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Indiana voters casting early ballots in record numbers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana voters are casting early ballots in record numbers -- and the entire nation is watching what's happening there.

It's your civic duty and your right as an American. But whatever you call it, Hoosiers are on-track to vote in record numbers.

"I'm a democrat -- but I said this time it's time for a change," said Harry Young, an early voter. "Is it the right thing? Is Donald Trump a wildcard? I think everyone thinks he's a wild card, but if you want change, that's the way to go."

"You've got two candidates that not a lot of people trust a lot," said Sharon Robinson, another early voter. "I trust her a lot more than I trust him." 

"We had 3,400 people in one day on Saturday and that's the highest number we've ever had," said Floyd County Clerk Christy Eurton. 

Election officials say 7,200 people have already cast ballots in Floyd County, with 5,200 in Clark County and nearly 400,000 throughout the state.

Perhaps no one is more excited than 77-year old Patricia Waller, who's voted in every election since Kennedy.

"This is my NCAA," Waller said. "I love this."

"This is the way I grew up," she added. "We had the radio, and you listened to the news and you talked about it."

This year, the election is more hectic than usual.

"A lot of people feel like, 'Let's just get this over with so I can ignore all the madness that's out there,'" said Joseph Wert, a political science professor at IU Southeast.

The U.S. Presidential race is not the only thing pushing voters to the polls. Two Indiana candidates who are appearing in the general election did not go through the primary. Republican Mike Pence's selection as Donald Trump's running mate has boosted Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb to the top of the ticket. He's facing Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rex Bell in the race for Governor.

Baron Hill dropped out of the U.S. Senate race, clearing the way for Democrat Evan Bayh to go after the seat he once held, challenging Republican Todd Young and Libertarian Lucy Brenton.

The vote for U.S. Senate out of Indiana is also being watched on the national stage because one of these names could shift the balance of power on Capitol Hill. 

"We have the possibility that the Democrats could take over the Senate," said Wert.

"I'm going to split my ticket this year," said Waller.

With about a week to go until Election Day, Waller can't wait.

"I'll be in front of the television watching everything," she said. "That's my Super Bowl party."

"I hope I win."

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