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Hayden: Counting Ballots Will Require "Patience"

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The Vanderburgh County Clerk is stressing patience, as officials count the election ballots. 

Clerk Karla Hayden tells WNIN the Election Office received more than 14,000 votes by mail, and more than 40,000 in-person early voters – more than in any recent election.

She says all those early ballots have to be removed from envelopes…

"That's why I have the Old National Events Plaza reserved for three days over there, because we'll have to open all of those by hand and then they'll all be run through a tabulator."

Hayden says residents should not expect all the results Tuesday night…

"Definitely will not have final results because we just can't get through all those envelopes."

As of midday Tuesday, Hayden said voting had been going smoothly at the county’s 22 vote centers -- despite a learning curve for the new machines and a few poll workers who didn’t show up.

The polls are open until 6:00 p.m. Voters who are in line at 6:00 are allowed to vote.

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