2016 election

Hoosiers Break Early Voting Record, Near-Record Turnout In Tippecanoe County

Nov 4, 2016
Jashin Lin / WTIU News

More Hoosiers have voted early this year than during the previous two Presidential elections.

And, state election officials expect that number will continue to climb until early voting ends at noon Monday.

Unlike absentee voting, any registered voter can vote early in-person for any reason. And Hoosiers are taking advantage of that by the thousands.

In 2008, more than 662,000 Hoosiers voted early.  By Friday afternoon, Indiana voters had exceeded that record by more than 2,000 people –nearly 14 percent of registered voters.

Strong Start For Early Voting In Tippecanoe County

Oct 14, 2016
Chris Morisse Vizza/WBAA Radio

Voters lined up, ready to cast their ballot when Tippecanoe County polls opened Wednesday – the first day of early voting in Indiana.

It was a 45 minute wait when the poll opened at noon in Stewart Center on the Purdue campus.

That didn’t deter people of all ages and occupations who say their minds are set on having a say in the future of the nation, as well as avoiding a long wait on what’s expected to be record turn-out for the November 8 General Election.

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Indiana gubernatorial candidates typically have about six months between the primary and general elections to introduce and define themselves to the electorate. And they’re already spending millions to do so.

But 2016 isn’t a typical election cycle.

There are 188 days between Indiana’s May primary and the general election.

Incumbent Republican Mike Pence was elevated to the national ticket, catapulting Eric Holcomb to the head of gubernatorial ticket with just more than 100 days to go. He says it’s been a whirlwind since.