Local Early Voting Indicates Strong Turnout
By Mike Perleberg
(Rising Sun, Ind.) – Local voter turnout could be higher than normal for this election.
Ohio County Clerk of Courts Jamie Stegemiller says there have been 753 early ballots cast as of Thursday, November 3. That’s already more than the 740 cast in the 2012 presidential election in Ohio County.
“I am guessing we will have well over 800 because we still have Friday, Saturday and Monday until noon,” said Stegemiller.
It is likely the presidential race that is fueling the strong early turnout. Ohio County has only three contested races – one for Ohio County Council At-Large and two for Rising Sun-Ohio County School Corporation Board of Trustees.
Dearborn County voters have submitted 2,686 absentee ballots either in person or by mail as of Thursday, according to clerk Rick Probst. That’s shy of the 2,828 absentee ballots in the 2012 general election and well short of the 3,194 in 2008.
In Franklin County, Clerk Karla Bauman tells the Brookville Democrat-American newspaper there have been 1,258 early voters either in person or by mail as of Monday, October 31. The county usually has less than 500 early votes for most elections.
Kenny Brown, the Clerk of Courts in Boone County, Kentucky, estimates about a 65 percent voter turnout for this presidential election.
Many Indiana counties will hold early voting hours on Saturday, November 5. Early voting in Indiana will conclude at noon on Monday, November 7.
Eagle Country 99.3 will have live and local coverage on Election Night. We’ll be following results of races in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties on Tuesday. Coverage will start at 7:00 p.m.
You can also find local election news and Election Night results on our Indiana Votes 2016 page.