EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Decision 2020 starts Tuesday in Indiana. County Clerk Carla Hayden said 530 people turned out to vote in Vanderburgh County Tuesday.
Hoosiers will be able to cast their vote early in the November election as the polls are getting ready to open Tuesday morning.
Early voting usually takes place at the election office in the Civic Center but that wasn’t feasible with COVID-19, so the Vanderburgh County Clerk’s Office moved that location to the Old National Events Plaza.
Voters will go through the Aiken Theatre entrance at the Old National Events Plaza. Once inside, we’re told signage will guide you to where you need to go.
We spoke with County Clerk Carla Hayden who said this is a larger location, and they’re able to set up more machines than previous years.
Hayden also said they have new voting machines this year, which provided a learning curve for voters and poll workers.
“The part that’s a little different for people is that they’re actually getting that printed paper ballot that people have asked for for many years, that voter verified paper audit trail," said Hayden. “Because in early voting, we’re not allowed to count those ahead of time, those have to go into an envelope and not be opened until election day. So, that’s the part that did slow people down in the beginning and was a little bit of a new thing for them was that they actually had to put that voted ballot into that envelope and then deposit that into a ballot box.”
We were there as people waited in long lines all day. Some voters told 14 News they waited more than an hour. Some even said they waited even longer. All of the voters we spoke with said they didn’t mind the wait because they were there performing their civic duty.
The last people trickled in to vote Tuesday just after 4:30 p.m.
Anyone who is registered to vote and has an ID can come vote early.
That voting will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. from Monday through Friday, starting Tuesday, October 6 and will end at noon on Monday, November 2.
It will also be available from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, and October 31.
If you want to vote at an Evansville library, you can do that beginning Monday, October 19.
Like other election years, you are not allowed to wear any campaign gear in, so no hats or shirts with a candidate’s names on them.
While masks are encouraged, you aren’t allowed to wear one that’s sporting a candidate’s name or slogan on it.
If you’re looking for a place to park, you can park on the side of the street for one hour for free.
Obviously, the pandemic does mean extra precautions and cleaning between each voter.