Indiana sets new early voting record

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State election officials say Indiana has set a new early voting record, surpassing the number cast eight years ago.

The Secretary of State’s office says that through Sunday county clerks had received nearly 711,337 absentee ballots cast in person and through other methods for Tuesday’s election.

That’s nearly 49,000 ballots more than Indiana’s previous early voting record set in the 2008 general election.

Indiana’s early voting deadline is Monday. Voters must be in line by Monday noon local time to cast early ballots.

Indiana Election Division co-director Angie Nussmeyer says the large number of early voters could relieve the pressure on Indiana’s polling places Tuesday.

But she expects “a late night” Tuesday receiving vote totals from all 92 Indiana counties because of the expected strong voter turnout for the election.