Polling problems reported, but voters not deterred

Mayor Joe Hogsett, D-Indianapolis, listens along with a poll worker during a phone call after a problem arose at his polling location Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (WTHR Photo/Joe Fenton)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Our crews found some voting problems on the southeast side Tuesday morning.

The Poll Pad Printer is down at St. John Lutheran Church in Franklin Township, and has been since the first voter entered at 6 a.m. The problem has been called in, and they’re waiting for someone to come fix it.

The voting machines all work, so poll workers are allowing voters to cast provisional ballots until the printer is fixed. Provisional ballots are not counted until after the election.

Personnel are helping voters find nearby locations where they can cast non-provisional ballots, including Arlington & Thompson a few miles away. Most of the voters we spoke with on their way out didn't voice complaints about needing to go to a second location.

Mayor Joe Hogsett himself had problems voting. We had a crew there when poll workers couldn't find his name on the voter rolls. It turned out he was registered under a different name. He was eventually able to vote.

Election cycles without national or statewide offices on the ballot often have lower turnout, but as of Monday morning Marion County had seen roughly 700 more early and absentee ballots than the 2015 primary election, and that didn't include those who voted during the final four-hour window for early voting Monday.

Not sure who's on your ballot? You can find out at IndianaVoters.com, as well as polling location information.

“An informed electorate is the key to a successful democracy so I encourage all voters to take advantage of this tool," Secretary of State Connie Lawson said in a statement Monday.

You can also call the toll free Hoosier Voter Hotline at 866-IN-1-VOTE to speak directly to a representative for information, polling locations and to file grievances. Staff will be on hand to answer calls from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Polling places will be open until 6 p.m. Indiana’s photo ID law requires every voter to present a government issued ID before casting their vote at the polls.

We'll have full results on Eyewitness News Nightbeat at 11 p.m.

Remember also that your property tax bills are due Friday, and government offices will be closed Tuesday for the election.