After months of campaigning, election day is here.
Dozens of signs greeted voters as they pulled into the polling location at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bloomington. This is the first time IU student Kristen Pickett got to vote.
“I just turned 19 this year,” she says. “[I] missed the last election by a couple months, so I was glad I got to get in on this one.”
According to poll security officer Jerry Kuyk, the day started out really slow with only a trickle of voters coming through to cast their ballots, but as the day went on, things picked up. He says it’s important for people to take the time to vote because it’s the foundation of democracy.
“When only a few people come out to vote it invites corruption,” Kuyk says. “When a whole lotta folks come out, it’s far more representative of what people want.”
Locally, election officials were reluctant to predict what voter turnout would be today…but early voting numbers surpassed 2006 figures.
Alexia Burke says she felt an obligation to vote.
“I think it’s really important for everyone to come out and vote”, Burke says. “If you don’t come out and vote then you don’t really have a right to complain about the government because it is your responsibility as a citizen to do your part.”
WFIU and WTIU’s full election coverage begins tonight at 8. We’ll have live updates on the hour with continuous updates on the bottom of your screen. You can also find more information on all the local and state races on our website at indianapublicmedia.org/election.