GREENFIELD — More Hancock County residents voted early this year than in any municipal primary election in a decade.
There were 974 early ballots cast, election officials said Monday. That’s significantly more than in 2011, when 521 were recorded. In 2007, only 140 residents cast early ballots.
Of the early ballots recorded for this election, 854 were from walk-in voters, 74 were from a traveling board that visited nursing homes and shut-ins, and 46 were received by mail.
Early voting began April 7 and ended at noon Monday.
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Hancock County Clerk Marcia Moore said the election office encouraged residents to vote early this year as a way to keep vote centers from becoming overwhelmed on Election Day.
She said she believes the staff’s efforts and the overall convenience of voting early contributed to the high early voter turnout this year.
“They still want to vote; they want to do their duty,” she said. “It’s easier to come out and vote ahead.”
Greenfield resident Tom Ferguson voted Monday just before the early voting deadline. He agreed voting early is convenient.
“I love it,” he said. “I had time today, and I had made up my mind.”
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for today’s primary election. Greenfield, McCordsville, Fortville and Cumberland residents will select party nominees to appear on the general election ballot in November.
In Greenfield, residents will vote for a Republican nominee for mayor. In Fortville, they’ll select a clerk-treasurer candidate and a town council candidate.
In McCordsville and Cumberland, residents will pick candidates for town council.
As early voting came to an end Monday, candidates in the primary election hoped for good voter turnout today.
In Greenfield, incumbent Mayor Chuck Fewell and challenger Judy Swift spent the weekend and Monday campaigning in an attempt to garner votes for the Republican nomination for mayor.
Today, they plan to meet with voters at the three vote centers in Greenfield — the Hancock County Fairgrounds, Hancock County Public Library and Hancock County Courthouse Annex.
Tonight, they both plan to be at the courthouse annex with family and friends as they wait for results to roll in.
Fewell said voter turnout in local elections is typically low compared to presidential election years, but he was hopeful residents would come out to cast their ballots.
Vote centers make voting especially easy, he said, because voters can cast a ballot at any of the county’s six locations.
“It’s an exciting time,” he said. “We certainly want to have as many people vote as possible.”
Swift said she was feeling confident as Tuesday approached. And despite whatever today’s outcome is, she’s grateful for the opportunity to run for mayor of the city she loves.
“I’m not nervous at all,” she said. “If it’s not meant to be, I’ll do something else. Hopefully I’ll win and be on the ticket in November, and I’ll get elected to be (the) next mayor.”
The election office recommends those voting today come prepared. A government-issued photo ID is required.
The election office has been reminding voters that only Greenfield, McCordsville, Fortville and Cumberland residents will vote today. Those who don’t live in a municipality will not vote in the November election, either.
The library is a popular location to vote, Moore said, so voters who head there might have to wait in line. The courthouse annex and fairgrounds are expected to be less crowded, she said.
Her office is prepared and hopes to have an easy day with few problems, she said.
“It’s been a very steady election with very few issues of any kind. We don’t anticipate any problem (today), either,” she said.
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- Vote centers are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- You need a government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license, a military ID, a state ID or a passport.
- Voters can cast a ballot at any of the county’s six polling centers. Cumberland voters, however, must vote at First Baptist Church of Cumberland.
Check the Daily Reporter’s Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the day today for Election Day coverage. Our Twitter handle is @GreenfieldDR.
To watch the results come in live, the Hancock County Courthouse Annex, 111 American Legion Place, is the best place to be. Candidates likely will start gathering there as polls close. Live updates of the results will be streamed on our website, greenfieldreporter.com.
For full coverage, check out Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Reporter.
All Greenfield city offices and Hancock County offices are closed for Election Day.