Absentee Voting is High in Indiana

by ekramer on November 3, 2008

Officials say the number of people voting absentee in Indiana has been high in the weeks leading up to Election Day. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports.

According to the Indiana Secretary of State’s office, 6 percent of the state’s 4.5 million registered voters had submitted absentee ballots in person or by mail by last week.

The clerks in both Clark and Floyd counties say their offices have been busy for weeks, with people often waiting to vote when the offices open at 8 a.m.

Clark County Clerk Barbara Haas says as of Friday her office had seen voters at a rate higher than the state percentage.

“We’ve voted right at 6,000 already and the total voter registration in Clark County is like 77,000, so I’d say we’re voting nearly 10 percent,” Hass says.

Some states have already had a high turnout of early voting. The battleground state of North Carolina has had more than 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots.

In Southern Indiana, the Clark and Floyd county clerks say that  Indiana law doesn’t allow for early voting, but does allow absentee voting, says Haas.

“Absentee voting means that they’re stating that they will be away from the county on Election Day,” Hass says. “Or if they’re over 65, it’s automatic that they can vote this way.”

The Indiana polls close at noon today for voting by absentee ballot.

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