Early voting light in southern Indiana despite hot GOP senate primary
Early voting ended Monday at noon. Polls open Tuesday morning at 6:00.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A red-hot Republican U.S. Senate race headlines primary day Tuesday in Indiana. But, judging by the early voting numbers in Clark and Floyd counties, the GOP primary is not driving voters to the polls.
Business was brisk at the Clark County Clerk's office Monday morning, as early voters tried to cast their ballots before the noon deadline.
Despite the hotly contested and sometimes nasty Republican senate primary, only about 1,300 Clark County residents voted early. That is far less than the 10,000 in the 2016 presidential election year.
“It's a little different when you have a presidential race. You expect more early voters. But this has been light,” said Clark Co. Clerk Susan Popp.
Voters who do come to the polls Tuesday in Clark County can expect a different experience. Poll workers will be using iPads to check-in voters instead of the old paper poll book.
The Poll Pad scans voters' identification cards, and puts the information directly into the voting system. “It's really that quick. So, you have accuracy as well as speed,” said Popp.
The Poll Pad is just to speed check-in. Voters will still cast ballots on the old machines. “They're still going to get their paper ballot,” said Popp.
In Floyd County, there was light early voting as well, just over 1,400. Carl Harvey was one of them.
“Well, it's a right that I still have -- that nobody's taken away from me,” he told WDRB News.
Floyd remains the only so-called “vote center” county in the area. Instead of having to go to their home precincts, voters can cast ballots at any one of 18 voting sites.
“A voter can go to a location that's closer to their house, that's close to the sitter, that's close on their way to work,” said Floyd County Clerk Christy Eurton.
Floyd County residents will again vote using an electronic keypad. When the voter is finished, the machine prints out a completed paper ballot, which is then scanned.
“Everything is all synced up and ready to go,” said Eurton.
No matter where or how voters cast ballots in Indiana, they will need a photo ID. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time).
Indiana residents can also check their voting status and where to vote on the Indiana Secretary of State website. CLICK HERE.
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