Marion County rejects additional satellite voting locations

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If you want to vote early in Marion County, a decision Friday means you can only vote in one location.

The Marion County Election Board voted against adding satellite locations like the ones used during the last presidential election. State law requires a unanimous vote of the bipartisan Election Board to open satellite early voting locations.

Early voting began Monday and will continue until November 4th at the clerk's office. Marion County reports a 26-percent increase in early voting compared to the first four days of early voting in 2008.

Marion County Clerk Beth White said she was disappointed that the board couldn't reach an agreement.

"We are doing everything we can to make the City-County Building welcoming to all voters, but these additional sites would have made early voting accessible to more voters throughout our county," White said.

Absentee voting by mail is about 23% less than 2008. As of Thursday, 9,808 residents have requested a vote-by-mail ballot in this election while 12,689 residents requested one in 2008.