INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — With the unexpected importance of Indiana’s primary this year, officials expect polling places to be busy.
According to the Indiana Election Division, early voting turnout hit record highs with more than 270,000 people casting ballots ahead of the May 3 primary statewide. Those numbers are 50 percent higher than 2008 – when Hillary Clinton and President Obama were in a tight primary race.
In Marion County, the Election Board says they are taking steps to prepare their volunteers for the extra voters this year because of the expected longer lines. Marion County board also said they are using new voting machines for the first time but voters won’t be able to tell the difference.
The new machines are similar to the old ones but it will help make counting easier for poll workers..
Poll workers have also received more training this year and the county has printed twice the number of ballots required by Indiana law.
The Marion County numbers already show higher turnout just like the state. Early voting numbers are 35 percent higher than 2008 and 21 percent higher than 2012. Also more absentee ballots have been submitted.
The election board in Marion county also said with the higher voter turnout expected to please be patient and understanding of your fellow voters.
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