As polls close, voters still waiting to cast ballots

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Hundreds of voters are still waiting to cast their vote across the county, and more than 10,000 mail-in absentee ballots are being counted.

Hamilton County Elections Administrator Kathy Richardson said it could be hours before all individuals wanting to cast their vote will be able to do so. Anyone in line at the time of polls closing at 6 p.m will be allowed to vote.

Election workers are counting mail-in absentee ballots at the Hamilton County Government and Judicial Center in Noblesville.

Richardson told Current at approximately 5:50 p.m. that counting those ballots would take until approximately 7 p.m. She said after those have been counted, the memory cards from machines from early voting would be filed into a first report for the public.

Before polls closed, Richardson said the first report would include all absentee and early voting, but not any votes from ballots cast today.

In 2014, voter turnout in Hamilton County was just 28 percent among registered voters, and 2016 saw 69 percent voter turnout.

A formal and accurate turnout percentage for this election won’t be determined until all voting precincts have reported.

Current will be reporting through the night. Check back for updates.

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