INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – If early voting is any indication, candidates running for office are battling more than their political opponent in this week’s election. They’re also fighting a lack of interested voters.
“Turnout has been down,” said Erin Kelley, a spokesperson for the Marion County Clerk’s Office.
The Marion County Clerk’s Office released numbers Sunday showing that in-person early voting is down 50-percent from the last mid-term election in 2010. The number of mail-in ballot requests is down 60-percent.
“Unfortunately it means there’s just a lack of interest which is really sad because there are a lot of important races on the ballot,” said Kelley. “We really hope people will come out and vote and understand that their vote matters. Every election is important and we encourage all eligible voters to come and have their voice heard on November 4th.”
Katherine Kelley was in line Sunday morning to cast her vote early.
“A lot of things are happening around the world,” she said. “And we are one of the few places that get to voice our opinions.”