INDIANAPOLIS -- Congressman Andre Carson joined early voters Thursday to cast his ballot for Indiana's May primary.
The Indianapolis Democrat has said he is supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as his party's nominee.
Early voting has been especially popular this year, with the Marion County Clerk's Office seeing a 58 percent increase in ballots cast on the first day compared to 2012. Total requests for absentee ballots was up 42 percent from 2012, and 80 percent from 2008.
Carson said those who might have trouble getting to polls on Election Day should strongly consider early voting.
"It's so critically important because it relieves the burden of having to rush on election day to vote," Carson said. But secondly, I think it is so convenient now to do it. And, given the fact that there are obstructionist efforts across the country to prevent people from voting, to kind of get in an early vote it kind of removes you from the burden and hassle of trying to get to the polls on election day."
Watch our full interview with Rep. Carson, including his thoughts on Carrier moving jobs to Mexico, in the video player above.