INDIANAPOLIS — Long lines at the polls continue for early voting. Even with more machines some polling places are still averaging wait times of three to four hours. “I started to come yesterday but realized I couldn’t do it on a workday. You have to do this on a day off,” said Kelly Morris. That’s what many Hoosiers are starting to find out. In order to make their vote count, they are going to have a plan and some hours to spare.
“I got up about 9:30, got prepared to come up here. Made a phone call first to see how far the line was wrapped around the building then I said I better get on up here make my vote,” said Morris.
“I brought my coffee because I forgot my coat and I needed something to keep me warm and a chair which I haven’t needed since the line has been moving pretty consistently,” said Jennifer Wear-Harden. When we caught up with Wear-Harden she had already been in line for two-and-a-half hours.
“I used IndyVoteTimes.org, so I was prepared for a wait. I did notice that when I got down here that downtown was only like 80 minutes, but we were already invested so we stayed,” said Wear-Harden.
The Marion County Clerk’s office has added polling machines to speed up things inside. There are up to 24 machines and they are all spaced out to allow social distancing throughout the voting process. Some voters say they don’t mind the wait as long as they are safe. “We were expecting a wait we got here early we’ve been here since 10:30,” said Stephen Smith.