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Updates from Election Day 2020

Posted: 5:07 AM, Nov 03, 2020
Updated: 2020-11-04 12:46:44-05

WRTV posted the latest updates from Election Day in the blog below. For the latest election news and results, click here.

7:20 a.m.

North West Hendricks County School Board challengers Abbie Morgan and Joe Brooks defeated incumbents Craig Peoples and Jim Diagnostino. The North West Hendricks School Corporation has been under scrutiny for more than a year for how it handled sexual misconduct allegations involving a student and a teacher.

12:01 a.m. Wednesday
The Marion County Election Board has concluded reporting for Election Night and will resume counting at 10 a.m.

Election Day results from 187 of 187 vote centers and 114,334 absentee ballots have been counted.

11:09 p.m.
The Associated Press projects that Republican U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth has won reelection in Indiana's 9th Congressional District.

11:01 p.m.
Jonathan Weinzapfel, the Democratic candidate for Indiana attorney general, releasedthe following statement conceding the race to former U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita:

I want to congratulate Attorney General-elect Todd Rokita on his victory. While we are disappointed in the outcome, I could not be more proud of the effort we made and the issues we raised.

As you’ve heard me say before, I entered this race because I didn’t like the direction the incumbent Attorney General was taking our state. We ran in response to his embarrassing personal behavior and partisan lawsuits that only hurt Hoosier families. We ran to restore honor, integrity and purpose to the office.

And while our campaign fell short, I am proud of the issues we raised. From supporting the governor’s mask order, to opposing the ACA lawsuit, to issuing plans to help the state recover from the pandemic, to a plan to legalize marijuana to fund schools and make long overdue improvements to our criminal justice system – these were all issues that were worth raising – and will continue to be defining issues in our state.

I want to thank my campaign team: Bill Stuart, Kristen Self, Kristin Jones, James Powell, Jeff Harris, Lara Beck, Jason Critchlow, Nolan Born, Greg Ulrich, Cindy Collier, Rep. Ryan Hatfield, Adam Kirsch, Conner Klotz, our consultants and the Democratic Attorney General Association for their great work, support, and professionalism.

And, thank you to all of my supporters, contributors and all of the passionate Hoosiers I met on the campaign trail. You inspired me in a time when we all really need a little inspiration.

Most importantly, I want to thank my family. My wife, Patricia, and our children, Nathaniel, Benjamin, and Eleanor, were with me every step of the way, through the ups and downs, always fighting my fights with me. My sisters drove me all over this state, fed me, and provided lodging through the campaign. And, my Dad and other siblings cheered me on at every step.

My only regret is that my father in law and my mother were not able to share this experience with me and our family. They would have had plenty of advice to offer and would want to know every single detail. They would have loved the campaign.

Our state and nation have a lot of healing to do, and while I may not be the next Attorney General, I plan to remain an active citizen fighting for causes and issues I believe in. I hope all my supporters do too. The fight is not over.

10:19 p.m.
Former Democratic State Rep. Christina Hale's campaign issued the following statement while still waiting for results in the 5th Congressional District race.

We're very encouraged by the enthusiasm and turnout we've seen since voting started last month, and we remain confident about our path to victory. There are still tens of thousands of mail-in votes in the Fifth District that have not yet been counted, particularly in Marion and Hamilton counties, where we have done a significant amount of voter outreach over these past few months. This race is not over and we will continue to monitor vote totals before making any formal announcements. The circumstances of this election are unprecedented with a record number of people voting early and by absentee ballot, and we want to make sure that all Hoosiers have their voices heard in this process.

10:05 p.m.
The Associated Press projects that former Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita will win the race to become the next Indiana attorney general.

9:50 p.m.
Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks after winning reelection.

9:46 p.m.

9:17 p.m.
The Associated Press projects Democratic U.S. Rep. Andre Carson wins reelection.

9:10 p.m.
The Associated Press projects that Republican incumbent U.S. Reps. Larry Bucshon, Jim Baird, and Greg Pence have won reelection.

8:40 p.m.
Here's where things stand with the Electoral College with the races that have been called so far.

8:35 p.m.
Madison County Clerk Olivia Pratt talking about the extremely long lines to vote today:

We tried to order more equipment because we knew if we weren’t getting voting centers, we were not going to have enough machines for the general election. They[county commissioners] refused to pay for those also. So we couldn’t get more equipment and we talked to the state and they said if you don’t get either of the voting centers or more equipment, you’re going to have some of the longest wait times in the state. And so here we are today. We are having to deal with it and I am so sorry to all the voters who have had to deal with it because it’s not fair to them. They didn’t do anything to deserve these wait times. It should not have been this long.

8:17 p.m.
ABC News is projecting that President Donald Trump has won Indiana.

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President Donald Trump has won Indiana.

8:16 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

Our WRTV Insiders discussed some early voting results in Indiana.

WRTV Political Insiders discuss early results in Indiana

7:10 p.m.
Members of the Indiana Democratic Party are discussing the results of the election as they start coming in.

7:05 p.m.
The Associated Press projects that Gov. Eric Holcomb has won reelection.

Gov. Eric Holcomb is projected to win reelection.

6:00 p.m.
The polls have now closed in the Eastern Time Zone in Indiana.

5:55 p.m.

5:41 p.m.

A voter in Ingalls, Ind. reported 600 people in line to vote. The person said it is currently taking between 6 to 8 hours for voters to get through the line.

5:39 p.m.

5:27 p.m.

5:15 p.m.

4:50 p.m.
A look inside the Marion County Election Services Center where they are counting absentee and early election ballots.

4:47 p.m.
The county clerk in Delaware County said some wait times are up to an hour for voters to cast a ballot. Clerks in Johnson, Hendricks, and Boone counties are reporting no major troubles or wait times.

4:37 p.m.

4:30 p.m.
Madison County Clerk Olivia Pratt said part of the reason lines are so long is that the county purchased new voting equipment last year and was planning to have vote centers this year. However, county commissioners said no to voting centers earlier this year and there isn't enough equipment to have enough at each polling site, Pratt said. The primary was okay earlier this year, but the turnout was nothing like it is today. Pratt called the situation "unacceptable."

4:20 p.m.
Madison County Clerk Olivia Pratt confirmed that there are long lines at many Madison County polling locations, some over four hours she said. She expects to still have people in line to vote at 6 p.m. when the polls close. Those people in line at 6 p.m. will get to voter, but it will take awhile, she said.

4:16 p.m.
Voters are continuing to share images of long lines from Madison County, this despite word from officials saying wait times are "minimal."

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Voters continue to share images of extremely long lines in Madison County.
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Voters continue to share images of extremely long lines to vote in Madison County.

3:58 p.m.
Those waiting in line at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Center in Indianapolis had a special visitor.

Voting at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Center in Indianapolis

3:38 p.m.
Officials in Madison County say the wait times are minimal, however, voters are reporting 2 to 4+ hour wait times to cast a ballot.

3:01 p.m.
WRTV's Megan Sanctorum reports a pretty smooth election so far in Marion County. Voters at Allisonville Christian Church and getting in and out in about 30 minutes.

2:10 p.m.

Todd Rokita, Indiana’s Republican candidate for attorney general, has tested positive for COVID-19. The campaign said he is “doing well and working from home.” Rokita's opponent, Democrat Jonathan Weinzapfel, tweeted that he's wishing Rokita a full and speedy recovery. Read more on the positive COVID-19 test here.

12:05 p.m.

In Hendricks County, the longest wait times are in Brownsburg where voters are waiting outside the Brownsburg Fire Training Facility and Hope Community Church. The Hendricks County Clerk’s Office recommends people try Connection Pointe Christian Church, Parkside Bible Church, the school administration building or Lucas Oil Raceway.

10:27 a.m.

A boy handed out donuts to voters outside Allisonville Christian Church, and people waited in line outside the polls at one of Indiana's basketball cathedrals, Hinkle Fieldhouse. See more Election Day images in today's gallery.

A boy handed out doughnuts to voters at Allisonville Christian Church.
Voters waited in line outside Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Butler University campus on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

9:47 a.m.

Karen Wheeler, the election supervisor in Monroe County, said there are reports of long lines, but things are working relatively well. Some polling sites, such as St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Ellettsville and Eastview Church of the Nazarene in Bloomington, are busy and have longer wait times. Wheeler reminded voters to make sure they are in line by 6 p.m. in order to vote. Monroe County Clerk Nicole Browne said all polling sites opened without incident.

9:22 a.m.

8:46 a.m.

Wait times at polling sites around Marion County currently range from one minute at some sites to more than an hour at others. Click here to check out how long people are waiting around the county.

8:21 a.m.

Garth Handlon took a seat while he waited in line to vote at Southern Dunes Golf Course in Indianapolis.

Garth Handlon waited in line to vote at Southern Dunes Golf Course on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020

Click here to check out more photos from polling places around Central Indiana.

7:45 a.m.

Russell Hollis, deputy director of the Marion County Clerk's Office, recommended voters use polling locations at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium. He estimated about 10 polling sites did not include keys in the inspector's kits, which initially led to people not being able to get inside when the polls opened. Hollis is working to learn more. Among the sites impacted included Woodfield Crossing at the H. Dean Evans Community Center, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and Garfield Park. Hollis said all locations are now open.

7:32 a.m.

7:15 a.m.

6:30 a.m.

The Indiana Secretary of State's Office reported a record 1.75 people voted early in Indiana, and people are already lined up vote on Election Day at polling places around the state, including the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Downtown Indianapolis. The polls are open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. today.

People lined up to vote at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

5 a.m.
Election Day is here and polls will be open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. today across Indiana. To prepare you, here are links to WRTV's stories on races and issues that will be in focus throughout the day.