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Counties Tally Thousands Fewer Early Votes Than In 2008

Early voting tallies show numbers are down significantly from the last presidential election.

Monroe County Early Voting Lines

Photo: Bill Shaw/WTIU News

Monroe County residents stand in line to vote Nov. 5, 2012.

Early voting ended at noon on Monday. The numbers are steady but still less than the 2008 election.

The wait to get to the ballot box averaged more than thirty minutes in some Bloomington locations Monday, first-time Bloomington voter Zachery Shearin says he was surprised.

“I’ve never been to a polling place in the past where I’ve had to wait in line so that’s kind of new to me,” Shearin says.

Monroe County Clerk Linda Robbins says the county has not seen quite as many early voters this year. Thus far, Robbins says about 4,000 fewer ballots have been cast than in 2008.

“We’ve had, as of yesterday over 20,000 people vote by absentee ballot, and that’s absentee by person and absentee by mail,” says Robbins. “I expect we’ll do about 800 today,” she adds.

Brandelyn Heath says she was glad the early voting process was not cumbersome.

“I’m excited to vote, I’m glad that Indiana allows you to vote early,” Heath says. “You don’t have to fill in a form and send it in so I feel like I’m making my contribution.”

The polls will be open on Tuesday from 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Bartholomew County has collected more than 4,600 early votes. Meanwhile, Vigo County has had 6,300, but had nearly 15,000 at this time in 2008.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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