Early voting numbers up in DeKalb County

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) The DeKalb County courthouse has been busy with nearly 200 people coming and going every day to cast early ballots.

“This is an election we’ve never seen before,” DeKalb County clerk Marty Grimm said.

From open to close, Grimm said there’s been a steady line of people waiting to vote in DeKalb County.

“We’re doing at least 200 or more a day,” Grimm said.

For voters, the option to vote early at the courthouse is a convenient option.

“I was going to the post office for a second to drop something off and all of a sudden I saw empty parking spaces out there and decided this might be an opportunity,” voter Mark Souder said.

Some voters waited more than three hours to cast their ballots early in Allen County Tuesday. In DeKalb County the wait is much shorter.

“Oh probably about five minutes,” voter Randall Michael said.

The wait times might be different, but the excitement about this election is the same.

“I want to have my input on that,” Souder said.

“It’s definitely a vote I wanted to cast because I think it’s important for this country,” Michael said.

In 2012 about 4,200 people voted early in DeKalb County. Already this year about 4,000 people have already cast their ballots and the county is on track to break the record set four years ago. Many of those people are voting for the first time.

“We’ve had several, believe it or not, has come in and said it was their very first time they’ve ever voted and these were adults,” Grimm said.

For early voting times in DeKalb County click here.