Not even a full day before voter's registration ends, and voters are being encouraged to get to the polls. Democratic State Senate candidate, Jack Morris, and his supporters took the streets to encourage people to vote early. Morris says “On Election Day so many things can happen. Car breaks down, kid's get sick, your work need extra time and you might not have a chance to vote.”
Morris says voters can beat long lines by voting early. And there's a political benefit to get his voters to the polls early. Morris says “That vote is locked in, they can't be disturbed by last minuet problems, so if you have supporter, getting them out to vote is going to help your campaign.”
Early voting began Monday morning. Beth Delug, the Allen County Director of Elections says more people voted today than they expected. Delug says “It's a little bit more than what we expected for the first day. It's a very steady stream and that's good.”
FOX Fort Wayne told you last week; the state launched a new website so voters can register from anywhere. Barry Schust, the Republican director of Allen County Voters Registration says “The website started July 1st, in that time we've had over 1200 applications come in. Most of those have come in within the last week or so.”
The online registration is a success. Over the weekend over 200 people signed up online. Schust says “It's been the biggest weekend so far.”
Online registration is gaining popularity. On the flip side, in person registration is dropping off. Schust says “In the years past there have been actually lines out of the door to register. But now that people are learning that they have some other options, especially the online registration I think that probably has cut into the numbers.”
To register online all you need is a valid Indiana driver's license or ID.
Online registration will be open until midnight tonight. To register go to indianavoters.com
Early voting will continue weekdays until November 1, 2010. Hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm at the City County building.