Polls close, ballots now being counted in Vanderburgh Co.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Workers have wrapped up separating early voting ballots at the Old National Events Plaza. They will return Wednesday at 7 a.m.
More than 54,000 total early votes have to be separated from their ballots in order to be taken across the street to be counted.
A few workers say no election in Vanderburgh County has ever had this many early votes.
The Vanderburgh County Clerk’s office tells me that more than 23,000 voted on Election Day.— Joseph Payton (@JPayton14News) November 4, 2020
Those votes, plus the 15,000 early mail-in votes will be counted by the end of the night.
But still about 40,000 ballots of those who voted early in-person left to be counted this week
Things are wrapping up for the night at the election’s office. Over 36,000 votes have been counted so far.
Those include all ballots cast on Election Day and the early mail-in ballots, but that is just under 50% of all votes.
On Wednesday morning, election workers will begin unsealing and counting 40,000 of the votes that were cast at early voting centers before Election Day.
Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla Hayden hopes to get through counting all these ballots on Wednesday, but she says counting through Thursday is still a possibility.
“We’re hoping that they’ll get through those quicker, a little faster than the ballots by mail did today," Hayden said. "So we are hopeful that they will be done tomorrow, but if not it’ll be Thursday.”
After being unsealed, these ballots will be taken to the election’s office for counting.
You can watch our Joseph Payton interview with Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla Hayden.
At least 14,000 people have voted at Washington Square Mall in Evansville. It was one of more than 20 polling places across Vanderburgh County.
Some voters who spoke to 14 News are first-time voters.
“You get to hear your voice," first-time voter Alun Martin said. "It’s a chance for people to tell everybody, ‘Hey, this is who should be there. This is what I feel.’”
Others have never missed an election.
Even with mobility issues, one veteran says he always votes.
“I never missed one yet," shared Navy Veteran Hal Robby. “I thought I was going to miss this one. I didn’t know if I could make it or not. I’m feeling better today. Some days are better than others. Today, I am walking on a walker. Some days, I can’t do it - it’s just the way it is I guess.”
Poll volunteers say the Washington Square Mall location was the busiest Tuesday morning with roughly 125 people in line.
The more than 23,000 voters in Vanderburgh County joined millions of others across the country.
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