Indianapolis, Ind - Many central Indiana polling locations saw heavy voter turnout Tuesday as Hoosier voters took the opportunity to make a national impact on the race for President of the United States.
Several polling locations in Marion, Johnson and Hancock counties reported high volume after the polls opened Tuesday morning.
The day got off to a rough start in Hancock county when voting computers had trouble connecting to a server. Several Hancock County polling sites experienced delays until the problem was fixed.
“The day started out a little bumpy because we were having server problems with our poll books and we could not get them to update,” said Hancock County Election Inspector Rachelle Hills. “But thanks to the excellent staff who came out and spent time with us, we were able to get them going after about 45 minutes.”
Vineyard Community Church, in Greenfield, was seeing about 100 voters per hour, Hills said. She was anticipating about a thousand voters coming through the church by 6:00pm. In 2012, the church saw about 300 voters.
There were more delays Tuesday afternoon at Vineyard Community church when one of two printers went down for about 40 minutes, reducing the voting pace to half. Some voters said they waited two hours to vote at the church. Many of them had returned after leaving during the 45 minute delay Tuesday morning.
Poll workers at Life Community AME, located on North College Avenue in Indianapolis also reported steady voter traffic. One worker said the volume resembled that of a general election.
Although Tuesday ballots included many state and local races, most voters seemed to have presidential politics on their minds.
“I voted for Bernie Sanders because he offers the best opportunity for we as the people to have an opportunity to have our voices heard and carry our message as people as opposed to politicians,” said Patrick Meyer.
“Eventually, if as expected, Hillary Clinton wins the nomination, I’m planning on voting for he,” said Jesus Rivera. “But today I am supporting Bernie Sanders because I really like his ideas.”
“I’m voting for Ted Cruz,” said Dave Galbraith. “Because he better of two evils. Or four evils, depending on how you’re looking at it.”
“I do like the idea that Donald Trump is spending his own money,” said Bob Cadwell. “I am concerned that the most votes don’t win. I’m concerned about gerrymandering. I’m extremely concerned about the influence of money in our politics.”
“Hillary Clinton. I just think there needs to be a change and a woman can do it on this time,” said Theresa Bluitt.
“I’m actually going to vote for Rand Paul,” said Erin McGuire. “I’m just voting my conscience. I know it’s kind of throwing away my vote, but I’m just going to vote my conscience.”
Although most voters said they would support the opposing candidate of their party if their preferred choice didn’t win the nomination, some Bernie Sanders voters said they would not vote for president if Sanders did not win the nomination.
One Donald Trump supporter was asked if he would support Ted Cruz if Trump did not win the nomination:
“Anybody but Hillary,” he said.