FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – With more than a week to go before the 2014 Primary Election, early voting in Allen County is way up compared to four years ago – the last non-presidential election.
According to the Allen County Election Board, 515 voters have cast a ballot in person at the county election office. Compared to four years ago, only 170 people voted early during the same time period.
The numbers are current through Apr. 22, which is the most recent data available.
Election officials said the numbers are incredible considering the races on the ballot. There are no statewide races (Governor, U.S. Senate, etc.) up for election, which tend to draw more voters.
In 2010, 39,890 voters cast primary ballots in a year where there was one federal office up for election, a position in the U.S. Senate. It’s been more than a decade since a similar ballot appeared before Indiana voters, with no presidential race or statewide offices.
Election officials said returns of mail-in ballots are down. About 100 fewer mail-in ballots have been sent to voters and as of Tuesday, only 311 had been returned. The deadline to submit an application for a mail-in ballot is Apr. 28. The election office must have the request by that date for ballots to be mailed in time.
In total, 826 voters have cast an early vote, or approximately two percent of total cast ballots in 2010.
Officials said since next week mail-in ballots can longer be mailed that walk-in traffic may increase.
Currently, about 40-50 people have been voting in person at the county election office since early voting began Apr. 8.
You can vote in person at the Allen County Election Office on the following days:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Apr. 26 and May 3
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday May 5
8 a.m .- Noon
Voting takes place at the election office located at 1 East Main Street, Fort Wayne, in the Rousseau Building. Be sure to have a photo I.D. when you cast your ballot.
Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 8 and polls are open in Indiana from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.