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No lines, steady sprinkle of voters for primary

Reporter: Nicole DiDonato
Web producer: Mike Mardis

Voters who missed their chance to vote early the past few weeks were in luck Tuesday morning.

Many voters said there was no line and they were able to get in and out of the polls.

"I thought I'd chance it today and it was fine," one voter said.

In fact, it seemed everyone who 'chanced it' was fine, at least Tuesday morning. Aside from about 12 to 15 people who lined up at 6:00 a.m. at Highland Elementary School in Vanderburgh County, the rest of the morning was just a steady sprinkling of voters -- no lines.

"I really did expect a crowd out here this morning," one voter said. "I expected there to be a line and there wasn't. I was literally in there for a minute and I was done."

Even Plaza Park Middle School, typically one of the busiest polling places, wasn't all that busy. 

With Indiana playing such a key role in this primary election, even the people who don't normally vote in the primaries came out, and were surprised by what they saw.

"We don't usually vote in the primaries, but we thought everybody would be out here today," another voter said. 

"I don't know where the people are today," Susan Kirk, circuit court clerk, said. "I haven't been out to the polling places so I can't tell you how many people have voted, but we did have a lot of people vote at the libraries."

Vanderburgh County officials have seen a record number of voters casting their ballots over the past few weeks. They said it has been five times more than usual for a primary. But, at the election office in downtown Evansville Tuesday morning, it was just the typical phone calls and business as usual.

The polls close at 6:00 p.m.

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