Monroe County Counts All Votes Shortly After Polls Close

Monroe County counted all its votes only three hours after polls closed, which is much quicker than previous years.

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Photo: Jashin Lin

Volunteers count ballots in Monroe County.

Monroe County’s clerk says her office tallied election results last night faster than it ever has.

All 83 Monroe County precincts reported results by 9 p.m. – only three hours after polls officially closed.

County Clerk Linda Robbins credits the good night to newly implemented e-polling books.

Linda Robbins was victorious in her bid to secure the Monroe County Clerk Democratic nomination. However, the election rules prevented the incumbent from being near the ballots as they were being processed.

Robbins says a new e-polling book process still allowed her to remotely monitor the polling stations in real time throughout the day.

She says the new system speeds up the check-in process for voters as well as provides her with new demographics about the electorate.

“I can even tell what age group is coming out, how many Republicans, how many Democrats,” Robbins says. “And if the party would like to know, or any of the candidates, they could come here and I could run a report for them to tell them exactly who voted at each precinct.”

Robbins says about 80 percent of all voters were aged 45 and older.

Another benefit of the e-polling system was that newly consolidated polling sites were able to submit their results together instead of precinct by precinct.

Jimmy Jenkins

Jimmy Jenkins is a multimedia journalist for WFIU and WTIU news. A native of Terre Haute, he is a masters student at the Indiana University School of Journalism and is proud to be a part of the public broadcasting stations he listened to and watched since he was a child. Follow him on Twitter @newsjunkyjimmy.

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  • HoosierMommy

    What does she mean by “exactly who voted in each precinct?” Who has access to this data?

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