By Lindsay Doty
Today is Election Day but 48 percent of registered voters in Hendricks County have already cast their ballots, according to local election officials.
Hendricks County has 126,291 registered voters with approximately 60,619 already voting by mail or in-person at early voting locations.
“It’s unheard of in Indiana. I know all the other counties have reported a high turnout for early voting,” said Hendricks County Clerk Debbie (DJ) Hoskins.
As masked voters lined up outside of the Hendricks County Government Center in Danville early this morning, poll workers braced for another round of sanitizing machines and keeping up the energy as Hendricks County voters cast the final ballots from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lines were reported outside in Danville this morning before the polls opened, but satellite locations like Radiant Chapel in Avon had no wait at all.
“We processed 8,313 ballots so far this morning, ” said Hoskins at 9 a.m. on Tuesday about in-person voting on Election Day in Hendricks County.
County election offices around the state are gearing up to count ballots as final votes pour in.
The number of mail-in ballots is also up this year compared to the last general election.
In 2016, the total number of mail-in ballots in Hendricks County was 3,771, compared to 15,326 early mail-in ballots for 2020, according to local election officials.
In 2016, Hendricks County also only had three satellite early voting locations compared to 25 locations today with six voting machines at each.
The polls in Indiana are open from 6 am—6 pm. Voter ID requirements: A photo ID is required of all voters casting a ballot in person.