More voters cast ballots early as deadline approaches

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – Hundreds more voters have taken advantage of early voting this year, according to the Allen County Election Board.

Officials have reported that 515 voters have cast their ballots early. That’s compared to 170 in 2010. Beth Dlug, of the Allen County Election Board, said despite the lack of bigger races, several local races here are driving up interest.

Some of those races include the State Senate District 15 race, which has four candidates on the Republican ticket. The candidate elected for this position will replace Tom Wyss who decided to not seek re-election after serving 28 years in the Indiana General Assembly.

Another race includes the 84th House district between Republican incumbent Bob Morris and challenger Michael Barranda.

Dlug also explains other reasons why people came out to vote early this year.

“I think a lot of it is word of mouth,” she said. “Also, I think the candidates push it a lot. The candidates that have their supports out there and they know they’re going to vote for them. They tell them, ‘hey go in and vote.'”

Many voters cast their votes early because of the convenience. Shelby Vinson and his wife voted early at the Rousseau Center in downtown Fort Wayne Thursday afternoon. Vinson’s wife will be having surgery on Election Day, so Thursday was the only time for them to vote.

“It gives us the chance to get it done and then we don’t have the hustle and bustle of trying to get there on vote day,” Vinson said.

Bryan Bernstein will be out of town during the election. He cast his ballot early because he didn’t want to miss his chance to vote against the incumbent he voted for in the last election.

“Just like so many others, animosity and anger gets you out to vote,” Bernstein said. “Maybe more than a simple support from a candidate.”

Early voting is still taking place at the Rousseau Center. It will be Friday from 8 am until 4:30 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm, and Monday from 8 pm until noon.

You can vote where you like during early voting, but must vote in your precinct on Election Day. If you would like to know where your polling site is for Election Day, click here.

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