Heavy turnout reported for early Fort Wayne voting

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO):  The emotions of this election year have brought the voters to the polls early in Fort Wayne, and they’re not afraid to stand in line.

Satellite locations opened around the area Tuesday at the Aboite, Dupont, Georgetown and Hessen Cassel library branches, as well as the Rousseau Centre.  So far, 2,704 people have cast a ballot, which is drastically more than early voting in 2012.

Beth Dlug, the Director of Elections tells WOWO News that the turnout in just one day is more than early voting in 2012.  In comparison, 2,109 people voted over 30 days during the last presidential primary.

“We wish we could expand the rooms and expand the amount of voting machines so nobody had to wait,” said Dlug.  She says that some voters have waited up to an hour and a half at the Georgetown location, as well as up to an hour at the Aboite location.  However the Hessen Cassel and downtown branches were not as busy.

Even though the doors closed Tuesday at 9 p.m., the last voter didn’t fill out their ballot until 9:46 p.m.  “If you are in line, you will get voted,” said Dlug, who extends the hours until the last person has had a chance to vote.

The Aboite, Dupont, Georgetown and Hessen Cassel library branches will be open the following dates and times for early voting:

Tuesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 28 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday, April 27 and Friday, April 29 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday April 30 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Rousseau Centre lobby opens for voting at 8:00 a.m. and remain open for the same extended hours as the satellites. The final day to vote early at the Rousseau Centre is Monday, May 2, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

Photo ID is required to vote at the Rousseau Centre and the library satellites.

 

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