Election officials urge voters to be prepared for lines Tuesday despite high early voter turnout

Hoosiers can still vote while quarantined through traveling board
Updated: Nov. 2, 2020 at 10:33 AM CST
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INDIANA (WFIE) - There’s an option for Hoosiers who are quarantined with COVID-19 to still cast their vote.

Those in Indiana who have tested positive for coronavirus can vote through the traveling board.

According to the state, the traveling board consists of two poll workers, one from each major party. Those poll workers will bring a ballot to your house, help with filling out the ballot and return it to election officials to be counted.

You may be eligible to vote through the traveling board if you are:

  • Experiencing illness or injury
  • Caring for a person who will be confirmed at home on Election Day
  • A voter with a disability who’s polling place is not accessible

[Click here to download the application to vote by traveling board]

In order to vote through the traveling board, you must complete and submit a one-page application by noon Monday, November 2 to your county clerk’s office.

[Tri-State IN and KY voting locations]

General Election Day is Tuesday. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At Old National Events Plaza, Barton Sturgeon got in line just time. He was the last early in-person voter in Vanderburgh County.

“Yeah, I think in this election there is a lot at stake. It’s a good opportunity to show your civic support and do your duty as an American citizen,” stated Sturgeon.

Many like Sturgeon waited between two to three hours to vote.

“The in-person numbers that will put us over the 40,000 mark. The ballots by mail is over 14,000 now, and I know we have a little over 900 still out," said Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla Hayden.

Hayden says it will likely take each voter at least an hour to get in and out at the voting centers.

“There won’t be any opportunity to just run in, cast your ballot and leave. If you’re trying to do it on a break or something, you’re probably not going to be able to make it through in that break. So I ask people to come and be prepared. If you have difficulty standing, might want to bring a lawn chair with you," said Hayden.

Hayden says the busiest times are usually first thing in the morning, at lunchtime, and right before the polls close. But regardless of when you arrive, she says to just be prepared.

“Make sure that you have your government-issued photo ID so you won’t get to the front of the line and realized that you don’t have that with you," stated Hayden. "So make sure you have that. And bring something to keep yourself entertained; bring a book or your tablet. Something to do while you are waiting in line.”

Hayden says they will not have final results in Tuesday night, but they do anticipate having all of the in-person votes from Election Day counted.

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