Early voting brings high turnout and long lines

Published: Nov. 3, 2018 at 10:46 PM EDT
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Voters of all ages turned out early at the County-City Building in South Bend.

The supervisor said that Saturday's turnout was the busiest so far, with 1,393 ballots cast in Mishawaka and South Bend. Since early voting started Oct.10, 19,958 people have voted.

The line wrapped around the lobby, but despite the nearly hourlong wait, voters were happy to have the chance to vote.

“It's our privilege to vote and my old saying goes, 'if you don't vote, you don't complain,'” vote Larry King said

“Just the fact that we get to choose who our political leaders are is not a right that everybody around the world has,” voter Andi Trowbridge said.

“I'm appreciative of the fact that I am able to actually participate in the democratic process and have my voice heard,” first-time voter Michael Dugan said.

With such high turnout, clerks are working as fast as they can.

“We process the people as quickly as possible,” absentee voting supervisor Cindy Streich said. “We want to make sure that the clerks are doing the right thing and that the procedure is being followed. We try to get people through as quickly as possible. Today, it's been a line about 45 to an hour wait, but that's really not too bad.”

Early voting continues in St. Joseph County on Sunday from noon-4 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m.-noon.