Poll Preparations: Elections Officials And Workers Try To Head Off Voting Headaches (With Photos)

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

November 5, 2012 Updated Nov 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM EDT

Allen County, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Getting ready for the Super Bowl of elections.

Voter turnout is always largest in a Presidential election year.

Allen County is making preparations to try and ensure that the voting process goes off without a hitch on Tuesday.

A voting precinct at 2702 Spring Street, across from the University of St. Francis, is one of 127 polling locations in Allen County.

Multiple precincts will operate out of most, if not all, voting locations, as the total of precincts is 327 in the county.

Poll workers spent the early part of Monday evening setting up and testing the voting machines that will be in use throughout Election Day.

At noon Monday, officials cut off early voting at the county election board offices downtown.

In total, 22,186 early votes were cast, 2770 more than were cast in the 2008 Presidential election.

The lines Monday were likely longer than you'll find at regular polling places on Tuesday.

" I just thought I'd do it today, to get it out of the way. I have too much anxiety to wait until tomorrow," said Mary Stewart, who showed up about an hour before the early voting deadline.

Election board officials planned to stay around their offices Monday evening, in case poll workers had issues crop up surrounding Election Day voting.

" We'll be here til 8 o'clock to answer any questions they may have, or that they run into any problems, we're able to help them out and then we'll be here bright and early, 5 o'clock tomorrow morning, along with our poll workers, as they get ready to get everything set up for the first voters at six, " said Beth Dlug, Allen County’s Director of Elections.

In the years with the biggest turnout, you naturally anticipate more voting issues could occur.

If anyone does not know the location of his or her polling precinct, you can go to www.allencountyvoters.info, and see a sample ballot, plus get your precinct address and even get directions on how to get there.

Those wishing to be considered for positions as replacement poll workers can contact the Allen County Republican and Democratic Parties to be placed on a standby list.




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