The Herald Bulletin

November 6, 2012

County sees steady turnout

By Dani Palmer
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Barbara Hutton, Republican chair of the Madison County Election Board, said polls “quieted down” in the evening with just “run of the mill” issues. But throughout the day, she said townships like Jackson and Monroe saw heavy turnout. At one point, near noon, Jackson saw an hour wait.

Hutton didn’t have any official turnout numbers, but to give insight into the sort of crowds seen, said Monroe had reported 98 percent of its democrats voting. Some inspectors were estimating 50 percent turnout in their precincts.

“Most places were steady with a few lines,” Hutton said. “Some were hectic.”

Bret Callender voted for the first time and said it felt good.

The 31-year-old Anderson man said he was influenced to vote because so many voters across the country are having their rights challenged.

“That undermines the entire idea of democracy,” said Callender, who cast his ballot Tuesday in Anderson.

He said the presidential race seemed like the most important one because the race is heavily rooted in ideas.

“I have an idea of how the country should be run,” Callender said. “I want to have a say in who does that.”

While there was a glitch that caused some problems for Union Township early in the day, Hutton reported no other voting site problems -- just standard calls about registration and where to vote.

With that earlier glitch, a voter reported being turned away after being told she, along with everyone else in Union Township’s Precinct 2, had already voted absentee.

Hutton said the precinct must have received the wrong list due to a “printing glitch” from the voter registration office but that the problem had been “ironed out” quickly.

The voter registration phone system, though, did have some issues with callers unable to get through earlier in the day, Hutton said. A repair person had been called to take a look at the phone lines.

“If there are any problems we are here to help,” Hutton said of the election board. “Our main project is to make sure every registered voter gets to vote.”

Troy Knight wanted to make a difference, and his way to do that was by voting. The Anderson man said the most important races to him are president, governor and school board.

“With the state of America and our economy, it is important to get out and vote,” Knight said.

Adrienne Lee, of Anderson, said it was important for her voice to be heard.

“There were a lot of people who fought hard for the right for women and blacks to be able to vote,” said Lee, who is black. “There was a long time they couldn’t vote.”

The voting process, she Barbara Hutton, Republican chair of the Madison County Election Board, said “it quieted down” in the evening with just “run of the mill” issues as they closed down polls, such as calls regarding what envelope to use or what form.

Throughout the day, though, she said townships like Jackson and Monroe saw heavy turnout. At one point, near noon, Jackson saw an hour wait.

Hutton didn’t have any official turnout numbers, but to give insight into the sort of crowds seen, said Monroe had reported 98 percent of its democrats voting. Some inspectors were estimating 50 percent of their precinct coming in.

“Most places were steady with a few lines,” she said. “Some were hectic.”

Bret Callender voted for the first time and said it felt good.

The 31-year-old Anderson man said he was influenced to vote because so many voters across the country are having their rights challenged.

“That undermines the entire idea of democracy,” said Callender, who cast his ballot Tuesday in Anderson.

He said the presidential race seemed like the most important one because the race is heavily rooted in ideas.

“I have an idea of how the country should be run,” Callender said. “I want to have a say in who does that.”

While there was a glitch that caused some problems for Union Township early in the day, Hutton reported no other voting site problems -- just standard calls about registration and where to vote.

With that earlier glitch, a voter reported being turned away after being told she, along with everyone else in Union Township’s Precinct 2, had already voted absentee.

Hutton said the precinct must have received the wrong list due to a “printing glitch” from the voter registration office but that the problem had been “ironed out” quickly.

The voter registration phone system, though, did have some issues with callers unable to get through earlier in the day, Hutton said. A repair person had been called to take a look at the phone lines.

“If there are any problems we are here to help,” she said of the election board. “Our main project is to make sure every registered voter gets to vote.”

Troy Knight wanted to make a difference, and his way to do that was by voting. The Anderson man said the most important races to him are president, governor and school board.

“With the state of America and our economy, it is important to get out and vote,” Knight said.

Adrienne Lee, of Anderson, said it was important for her voice to be heard.

“There were a lot of people who fought hard for the right for women and blacks to be able to vote,” said Lee, who is black. “There was a long time they couldn’t vote.”

The voting process, Lee said, went smoothly. said, went smoothly.