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E-Polling Shortens Early Voting Lines In Warrick Co.

Isaiah Seibert

Voters trickle in and out of the county election office just off the Boonville square.

Patricia Perry is county clerk. She said it’s a much different scene than even two years ago.

“2016, we actually had them lined up down the hallway and circling past the auditor’s office almost to the security,” she said. 

That doesn’t mean people aren’t voting. Perry said around 200 voters have come in each day to cast their ballots.

What’s new this year is the county’s electronic polling machines. Warrick County is one of the 62 Indiana counties using them in the midterms.

Perry said it takes about 30 seconds for the machine to look up a voter once a poll worker scans their ID.  

“Also, it tells us what precinct they’re in so we can move them through more quickly as well whereas we used to have to look them up,” she said.

Perry said this process used to take a few minutes and sometimes took more.

As of Friday morning, almost 1700 of the county’s around 49,000 registered voters have come in to the office. That doesn’t include those voting absentee. Perry said that number is pretty similar to the 2016 election.