Early voters in Marion County head to polls

Early voting begins Monday

INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosiers in Marion, Hamilton and Hancock counties looking to get a head start on the general election began casting their ballots Monday.

Officials opened the doors of the City-County Building to early voters looking to bypass long lines expected on Election Day on Nov. 6.

Election officials said Hoosiers who are already registered to vote need to bring a government issued ID, such as a driver's license or passport, along with them to the polls.

Marion County Clerk Beth White stressed that the City-County Building is the only location open to early voters this year.

"In 2008, we had three early voting locations which provided flexibility for our voters. This year the City-County Building is the only location where you can vote in person if you want to vote early," White said.

The line to vote Monday was out the door.

"I am surprised by the turnout. They said it wouldn't be as high, but apparently it is," said voter Shannon Lightfoot. "(Voting is) important to me because of the military, because of which way we want this government to go forward."

Some came downtown with their decision already made.

"(I came to) vote for President (Barack) Obama," said Charles Rhodes. "I think he's done a good job with the economy and getting things back on track."

While others were leaving it to the last minute.

"It's a tough decision. You are one party, you think, and then you see the other guy's side," said Chuck Stewart. "It will be interesting to see the results. We'll see what the pen does."

Early voters were advised to enter the City-County Building from the Delaware Street entrance, where they can bypass security checks. The cost of parking in the lots on the east side of the building will also be reimbursed.

For more information about polling locations and voting information, visit www.indianavoters.in.gov

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