Early voting in Hamilton County began in Noblesville Oct. 12 and in Fishers and Carmel Oct. 19. Hamilton County Elections Administrator Kathy Richardson said early voting numbers are slightly ahead of 2012.
As of Oct. 18, 3,343 people voted early, compared to 2,996 people at this point in the last presidential election. There have been 7,572 absentee ballots sent out, with 2,787 ballots mailed back so far, compared to 5,895 ballots sent out at this point in 2012 with 2,562 sent back. In 2008 and 2012, about 9,000 absentee ballots were sent out, Richardson said.
Early voting in Carmel will be held at the Carmel Public Library, 55 4th Ave. SE, while Fishers early voting is at City Hall, 1 Municipal Dr.
Richardson said the increase in early voting might be because more people are getting comfortable with the idea. She said it’s likely more people will vote in this election compared to 2012, adding it’s likely because of population growth rather than increased voter interest.
Richardson said she doesn’t know if the percentage of eligible voters who cast a ballot will go up or down. She doesn’t think people are going to stay home because they don’t like either candidate.
“I don’t think that’s the case,” she said. “If people weren’t happy with the candidates, I would think they would wait to vote. People are going right at it and voting early.”
Laura Campbell, member of the Carmel City Council and chairwoman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, urged voters to not wait until Election Day to cast their votes.
“I encourage everyone to take advantage of early voting, because it really helps prevent long lines on Election Day,” she said.