Hoosiers waiting hours to early vote after huge turnout

A day after Jeff Hern was charged with stealing his opponent's signs, some voters and candidates think he should leave the race. (WISH Photo)
A day after Jeff Hern was charged with stealing his opponent's signs, some voters and candidates think he should leave the race. (WISH Photo)

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — Hundreds of Hoosiers are flocking to polling places to vote early and some of them are waiting in line for hours.

Voters in Fishers waited at city hall for three hours.

“I was shocked a little bit. I was assuming maybe an hour,” voter Sean Globle said. “Once you make the commitment, you have to stick to it.”

More than 43,000 people already voted early in Hamilton County. That’s more than double the amount at this time during 2012 and 2008.

Election workers added two new early voting centers this year.

Globle and other voters said the county should add more early voting locations next election.

“More polling locations, absolutely. Or open up the time frames for early voting,” voter Laura Arnold said.

Fishers City Hall and the Carmel Clay Public Library will be open for early voting Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. People can vote early at the Hamilton County Government Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon on Monday.

Indianapolis’ City County Council Building will open to early voters 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Residents in Marion County can vote early until noon Monday.

Election workers said Marion County’s early voting numbers are down from 2008 but lines are getting longer.

“It makes me happy. It makes me feel that the voters are paying attention to this election,” Russell Hollis of the Marion County Clerk’s Office said.

Hollis said he’s expecting long lines on Election Day.

In Fishers, some voters came back late from their lunch break. It wasn’t a fun wait, but some of them would do it all over again.

“There are countries where people aren’t allowed to vote,” Arnold said. “People have died and sacrificed a lot and I think it’s our duty to vote.”