Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson
(Switzerland County, Ind.) - Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, the state’s top election official, spent part of her Election Day in southeast Indiana.
Lawson wanted to observe how the vote center in Switzerland County is operating. The Switzerland County Technology building on Seminary Street in Vevay is the only polling place in the county for this election.
“It seemed to be going very smoothly. They had a steady stream of voters, but there was no line, no waiting,” Lawson told Eagle 99.3.
Switzerland County is one of just seven Indiana counties carrying out the election with the use of a one vote center. Lawson said her office will assess the pros and cons of the vote centers following the election, and possibly expand it to other counties in 2014.
Lawson also visited Ohio County to observe voting. As her office keeps in touch with her by phone, the secretary will travel to visit Vanderburgh County before driving back to Indianapolis as the election night results roll in.
What will voter turnout be Tuesday? Lawson thinks it could rival the large turnout seen during the last presidential election in 2008 when Indiana’s voter turnout was about 62 percent.
“Our early voting and absentee voting is right on target with 2008. We had about 566,000 ballots prior to this morning,” Lawson said, adding that she hopes to see voter turnout reach into the 70 percent range.
Eagle 99.3 listeners have reported slightly busier than normal voting precincts today, although no major lines have been reported in southeast Indiana yet. Lawson said that as of this morning, she was not aware of any significant voting problems in southeast Indiana.
There haven’t been major lines reported yet, but that could change as folks get off work at this hour and rush to the polls before they close at 6:00 p.m. in Indiana and Kentucky. Ohio’s voting remains open until 7:30 p.m. As long as people are in line by the closing times, they should be permitted to vote.
Lawson recommended that voters with questions about their voting precinct location, voter registration status, or other questions log on to www.IndianaVoters.com. Voters may also call the Hoosier Voter Hotline at 1-866-IN-1-VOTE.