EVPL locations open for early voting

EVPL locations open for early voting

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - We’re just 15 days away from Election Day, and if you want to cast your ballot early, some new polls are now open.

You will now be able to vote at five Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library locations starting Monday. Those locations will be open Monday through Friday for the next two weeks.

The five locations include the Central, McCollough, North Park, Red Bank and Oaklyn branches. Voters will be able to cast their ballot between noon and 6 p.m. And on Friday’s, noon to 5 p.m.

We were there as voters experienced long lines early in the day at some locations, including Oaklyn. At 5 p.m. Monday, there was still a substantial line at Oaklyn.

“I’m shocked," said early voter Pat Edwards. "I didn’t think that many people would be here. I knew they’d vote, but I didn’t think in this type of weather.”

Edwards also told 14 News he was glad people were taking voting seriously this year.

But once voters got inside the Oaklyn branch, some told 14 News the process moved quick. Some voters at Oaklyn said they didn’t mind waiting in line.

“I felt my vote matters, I hope my vote matters, and that’s what made it durable,” said Debi Lamble.

While it was the first day of early voting at EVPL locations, County Clerk Carla Hayden said there were no major issues.

Library officials ask that voters follow distancing guidelines and wear a mask.

Officials say the branches will be closed to in-person library services due to the number of people expected to vote early.

“You can still get all of your library materials," said Heath McKinney, EVPL social media specialist. "We have ‘EVPL To Go,’ which is our curbside pickup service. It’s completely contactless. All you have to do is place your materials on hold. When they’re ready you’ll be notified. You can stop by your designated library and pick them up.”

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library is not a polling location on Election Day.

EVLP’s curbside service will run Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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