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Indiana Goes To The Polls, Early And Absentee Voting Down

Early and absentee voting is way down from the most recent major primary two years ago. Brian Flood has more for IPBS.

As the close of voting for the 2010 election primary draws closer, political observers are watching early voting and turn out today trying to get a sense of who may win Indiana’s local state and federal races.

Voter turnout numbers for today won’t be available until later tonight. But early and absentee voting is way down from the most recent major primary two years ago.

According to the secretary of state’s office, the number of absentee ballots is half that of the 2008 primary, which drew record numbers of voters because of the closely fought presidential primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Still, compared to the most recent non-presidential primary in 2006, early voting is up by about 35 thousand ballots.

While many voters may not see this primary as important as the one in 2008, some voters like Lara Beck, see voting as their responsibility.

“My son is two and a half and he hasn’t missed an election yet,” Beck said. “So he went with me today too and we walked through the whole balloting and ballot process and things like that. But I think that our state and our city and our country is just at a really critical time so I think voting is a civic duty that I take very seriously.”

Polls close at 6 p.m. local time. IPBS will begin live, statewide coverage of election results tonight at 8 PM eastern.