Early voting opens at 4 satellite locations

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Voters can cast their votes ahead of the General Election at four satellite locations around Fort Wayne that opened Tuesday. Anyone who cast their ballot Tuesday likely waited in a long line.

At the Aboite Library some people waited as long as two hours.

“We were expecting it to be big, but man it was bigger than we expected it to be,” library manager Nate Burnard said.

The library was busy in May for the primary, but Burnard said many more people turned out for early voting Tuesday.

“We’ve had, I’d say, maybe three to four times as many people in line. The parking lots are completely full. We’ve expanded the chute to be a little larger than normal but even that isn’t enough to handle the people we’ve had,” Burnard said.

Voters said while the wait was long, it was a welcome sight.

“I think it’s great. The more people that come out to vote the better,” voter Marcus Rogers said.

Others were expecting long lines and tried to beat the crowds.

“We usually vote on Election Day and we decided to go early because of our schedules and stuff and this is crazy, but it’s worth it,” voter Charles Rahall said. “We got it done.”

Voters line up at Aboite Library to vote early on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.
Voters line up at Aboite Library to vote early on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

The Aboite Library, Dupont Library, Georgetown Library and Hessen Cassel Library each opened up to early voters on Tuesday. At the satellite locations, voters can cast their ballots Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Rousseau Center in downtown Fort Wayne is also open to vote early through Nov. 7. The location is open through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., then Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. until noon.

Voters must bring a photo I.D. to vote. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.