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Early voting still means long lines in Vanderburgh County

More than 26,000 Vanderburgh County residents have voted early. 14 News talked with one poll worker who says those long lines seen at vote centers might be preview of Election Day on Tuesday.

Of those 26,000 people who have voted early, more than 21,00 have used the vote centers.

Poll workers say it's unlike anything they've seen before.

Early voting locations closed at 5:00 p.m. Friday, turning voters away. That included first timer Scott lane.

The 18-year-old was next in line when the machines were turned off.

"It was a little frustrating, and that's part of it," Lane said.

Other voters just made it.

"This is my second time that I'm trying to vote early, I saw the line and it's actually worse than it was yesterday," said Liz Kalb.

"I arrived around 3:00 p.m. and I was able to vote at about ten to 5:00, so I just barely made it," said Melissa Austin.

The lines have been constant. An average of an hour wait at North Park library.

Poll workers say voters could help speed things up.

"They're were people taking 20 minutes in the machines, that shows unpreparedness," said poll worker Don Assalone.

Poll workers say slow deciders combined with the sheer numbers have lead to the major wait times.

With a Presidential election and the reorganization question on the ballot, poll workers say they only expect numbers to be greater on Election Day.

"I don't know what going to happen on Tuesday, but as a personal opinion I think it's going to be chaos and anyone who doesn't take advantage of early voting is really doing themselves a disservice," Assalone said.

Early voting continues through Monday. Scott Lane plans to try to cast his ballot again before Tuesday.

Early voting starts again Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Election Office and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Salvation army on Fulton Avenue, and at Northeast Park Baptist Church.

Your last chance to early vote is Monday at the Election Office until noon.

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