Election Day underway in Indiana

Staying safe while voting in the midst of a pandemic

Election Day voters head to polls in Vanderburgh Co.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Millions of Americans have already cast their vote, but those who haven’t are on a deadline Tuesday.

Polls or voting centers have been open since 6 a.m. in Vanderburgh County.

When those polls opened early Tuesday morning, there was a long line of people at the Washington Square Mall, which is something the Vanderburgh County Election Office has been preparing for, for months.

A record amount of people showed up for early voting and mail-in ballots.

So far, the election office tells us lines have been long, but the process has been smooth.

We spoke with one voter earlier today who tells us it was his first time ever voting at 60-years-old.

“It’s just really been on my heart to really speak my opinion," said Brent Lehman, a first-time voter. "I think if you don’t vote, you don’t really have a right to say who should have won or who didn’t win or whatever.”

The election office is suggesting you bring a lawn chair if you have trouble standing for long hours, and maybe something to do like read a book.

The CDC is recommending some other things to keep you safe if you plan to come out and vote on Election Day, including preparing ahead of time with a sample ballot to cut down on wait times for voters and bringing your own hand sanitizer.

Opening mail-in and early voting ballots at Old National Events Plaza.

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