INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The polls are now open for Indiana’s Primary Election.
The office of Indiana Secretary of State Holi Sullivan says more than 155,000 Indiana voters cast their ballots early.
If you’re voting on Tuesday, the polls stay open until 6 p.m.
People can check their voting status, see polling locations, and view a sample ballot at IndianaVoters.com.
Voters in 58 Indiana counties can now cast a ballot at an official vote center. Vote centers allow voters to cast their vote at any polling location in the county, and Secretary Sullivan says she expects the number of them to increase.
“Hoosiers…like the convenience of a vote center. It also allows for a taxpayer-friendly election process, as we are able to cut some tax dollars by putting together vote centers, increasing accessibility,” Sullivan said. “I think you’ll see more and more of our counties move towards vote centers.”
Russell Hollis, deputy director of the Marion County Clerk’s Office, says voters need to cast a ballot on Tuesday, even though it’s “just” a primary election.
“It’s important to vote in the primary election because you are choosing which a person is going to represent your party for the general election. You’re picking who will advance to the political playoffs, or the political conference finals, for your party,” Hollis said.
Voters do need a government-issued photo ID to vote. People can still mail in their ballot until 11:59 a.m. Tuesday.
Statewide, if people have any questions, they can call the toll-free Hoosier vote hotline at 866-IN-1-vote.
The Marion County Clerk’s Office says that as of Monday evening, nearly 10,400 people had voted early in-person and another almost 4,500 people had mailed in ballots. That’s more than double the amount people that voted early in 2018 and almost four times the amount of early voters in 2014.
The clerk’s office says voter turnout in the last primary was at around 15%, so they’re hoping to see more people on Tuesday.