Here’s a look at updates around Indiana for Election Day:
The Associated Press projects Todd Rokita as the winner of Indiana’s Attorney General race.
CBS News has Donald Trump the winner in Indiana’s presidential race.
Marion County election officials reported more than 213,000 absentee ballots had been received, including more than 81,000 ballots by mail. However, state law in Indiana does not allow votes to be counted until Election Day.
The Associated Press has Governor Eric Holcomb as winner in Indiana.
Indiana polling locations are now closed. Voters are reminded that if you are already in line, you can still vote.
Marion County Clerk’s Office reports 50,700 absentee votes counted as of 4:55 p.m.
The Monroe County Clerk is reporting as of 4 p.m. Election Day in-person voting has exceeded early/absentee in-person voting.
The Blackford County Election Office reports that 4,500 voters have been checked in and have voted via machine, representing 54% of Blackford County’s 8,328 registered voters. The election board said there are currently 681 voter requests for Absentee by Mail Ballots, 11 voters have requested to vote by the Traveling Board, 644 ballots have been received representing 7.73 % of Blackford County’s 8,328 registered voters.
Republican Attorney General Candidate Todd Rokita tested positive for the coronavirus and will watch election returns from home tonight. Statement from his campaign:
“Todd was informed by a person unconnected to any campaign activities that he was exposed to COVID-19. As a result, he and his family have been quarantining following the state’s guidelines. Todd just recently tested positive after developing some symptoms. He is doing well and working from home. He looks forward to tonight’s election returns and to serving as Indiana’s next Attorney General.”
Some Madison County voters are waiting 4+ hours to vote after precincts were consolidated.
Long voting lines are still happening in some areas, like Southport Heights Christian Church, where people are waiting up to three hours.
An update from the Monroe County Clerk:
“As of noon, we’ve had five polling sites who have voted more than 1,000 people. Those sites are the Ellettsville Christian Church, Grandview Elementary School, Jackson Creek Middle School, Southside Christian Church and St. John’s Catholic Church.”
With lunchtime approaching, another wave of voters may be heading to polling locations. If you’re registered and voting in Marion County, you can go to any voting center you want, so choose the one with the quickest line!
Click here to see vote times in Indy.
For more real-time information on wait times, follow the Marion County Election Board on Twitter.
The FBI reminds Hoosiers to report voter intimidation, fraud or illegal foreign influence if they see it.
Many Hoosiers are reporting no or very little wait times to vote:
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According to the Associated Press, nearly 100 million Americans cast their ballot before Election Day.
Colts Wide Receiver Parris Campbell says today was his first time voting. He encouraged others to get out and vote.
An update from the Blackford County Election Office:
The Blackford County Election Office is reporting that at the close of early absentee voting this afternoon, 3,572 voters have been checked in and have voted via machine. This represents 42% of Blackford County’s 8,328 registered voters.
There are currently 681 voter requests for absentee by mail ballots; 11 voters have requested to vote by the Traveling Board at this time. 640 ballots have been received by the Blackford County Election Office. This represents 7.68 % of Blackford County’s 8,328 registered voters.
Russell Hollis from the Marion County Clerk’s Office confirmed there were 10 polling sites that had issues with keys or voting machines this morning, but all of them are now open.
The MLK Center is offering free rides to the polls for certain areas:
You can follow the Marion County Election Board on Twitter for updates on wait times.
You can also check out waiting times at several Marion County polling locations through this website. It’s the same website that tracked wait times during early voting.
Alexa Green reports that the key arrived at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and voters were able to cast their ballots. Doors were supposed to open at 6 a.m. and some had been in line before 5:30 a.m.
From the Monroe County Clerk’s Office:
As of 7 a.m., the following polling sites have already voted more than 200 people:
- Bloomington High School South
- Ellettsville Christian Church
- Grandview Elementary School
- Jackson Creek Middle School
- Southside Christian Church
- St. John’s Catholic Church
“It’s going to be a busy day,” said Monroe County Clerk Nicole Browne.
Here’s an update at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, where some were in line as early as 5:15 a.m. and couldn’t vote because they were waiting for a key.
Several of the people we talked to were upset because it’s a cold morning and they needed to get to work. Some reported that other voters were forced to leave because they couldn’t wait in line.
Some of the problems we’re heard about in Marion County:
- Garfield Park: No keys for voting machines
- Center United Methodist Church on Bluff Road: Wi-Fi issue
- Guion Middle/Elementary School: No keys
- Friendship Baptist Church: No clerk, not open
- Douglass Community Center: Wi-Fi issue
The Marion County Clerk’s Office is looking into the reports.
Monroe County Clerk’s Office says polls there appear to have opened without issue.
“Monroe County is looking like the rest of America…with lines already forming. Voters need to make their plans for voting at their assigned polling sites today and build waiting time into the day,” said Monroe County Clerk Nicole Browne.
The newsroom has received multiple calls about problems at polling places–with one prevalent issue being the lack of keys to open voting machines. We’ve reached out to the Marion County Clerk’s Office and officials said they’re looking into the issues.
The line at St. Simon in Lawrence Township is wrapped about 3/4 of the way around the building.
Long lines are being reported at several locations this morning. We’re also hearing reports of some isolated problems and are looking into them.
Polls open around Indiana for Election Day as Hoosiers cast their ballots in several key races, including president, governor, attorney general and several U.S. House races.