Voters show out for primary election day in Indiana

Voters show out for primary election day in Indiana

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Indiana’s primary election kicked off bright and early Tuesday morning with polls opening at 6 a.m.

There are some changes that you might not be used to due to COVID-19. However, the election office wants you to know that they are doing everything to keep you safe on this Election Day.

According to the Vanderburgh County Election website, there are more than 127,000 registered voters in this election.

Something to keep in mind is you can vote at any voting center that is convenient for you. Previously, you had to vote at a polling place within the precinct where you live.

There are 21 locations in Vanderburgh County where you can vote. The only voting center closed will be Bethel Church on Green River Road.

You do need to be registered to vote for the primary election. If you need information about your registration, you can call the voters registration office in Vanderburgh County.

If you’re concerned about your safety during COVID-19, the state has taken care of that by providing plenty of PPE for the workers.

“At the polling places, you will see our poll workers have masks and/or face shields, hand sanitizer, gloves, sanitizing cleaners - all those types of things to try to keep everybody safe," said Carla Hayden, election board secretary.

If you are coming to vote in person at one of the 21 locations Tuesday, you are encouraged to bring and wear your own masks and gloves.

Johnnie Pegues was second in line at Washington Square Mall on Tuesday morning. She said she woke up bright and early.

“5:10 and I couldn’t hardly sleep," Pegues said.

She said she was unable to sleep because of the impact she says her vote has.

“Because this makes a statement for what’s to come in November," she told us. “It was important for me to be here. In order to get it done before I go to work.”

Voters wore face masks and some wore gloves. They said they feel safe coming to vote in person with the safety precautions each vote center has in place.

“The social distancing and I saw them wiping all the machines off when people were done," said voter Monquale Owsley.

"X" marks on the ground inside the mall also helped voters stand six feet apart while waiting in line.

For some, it was important to be able to vote in person.

“I’ve never done absentee, not that I don’t feel comfortable with it. It just doesn’t seem right, I would rather do it in person," Owsley explained.

Don’t forget to bring your ID with you. If you don’t have one, you can go to the BMV to get a credential to vote.

Those polls are open until 6 p.m.

You can find a full list of voting locations in Vanderburgh County here.

The big race is for president this year. At this point, we are waiting to see who will more than likely face Trump in November. According to NBC’s county, Joe Biden could secure the nomination becoming the presumptive nominee Tuesday.

As for local races, you’ll see categories for House District 8 and District 75.

In Vanderburgh County, voters will choose for county commissioner in District 1 and District 3 as well as council at-large.

In Warrick County, voters will choose for coroner.

Many counties will see council at-large races on their ballots.

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