in Porter County at 12 p.m. Monday. When it did nearly 14 percent of the
county’s eligible voters had cast in-person ballots since early-voting
began, on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
total of 17,290 people--or 13.6 percent of the roughly 125,000 registered
voters in the county--early-voted at one of three locations, Kathy Kozuszek,
the Democratic director of Voter Registration, told the Chesterton
Tribune after deadline on Monday: the Porter County Administration
Building in Valparaiso, the North County Government Complex in Portage, or
the town hall meeting room in Chesterton.
“We surpassed the
2008 early-vote total two weeks ago,” Kozuszek said, with fully 3,966 of the
17,290 early-voters casting ballots at the Chesterton town hall.
The hallmark of
this fall’s early-voting period: long--very long--lines, Kozuszek said. Over
the last week or so, voters at the Admin Building sometimes had to wait as
long as two hours to cast their ballots. There was, now and then, a
disgruntled word or two expressed by those standing in line, Kozuszek added,
but when told about the sheer volume of early-voting those in the queue
proved to be pretty forgiving.
after 12 p.m. Monday the Tribune did receive a report of a very
slow-moving line at the Chesterton early-voting location, the town hall
meeting room at 726 Broadway. That person told the Trib that some
voters who had been in that line were turned away at 12 p.m.
adamantly challenged the credibility of that report; said that no one who
was actually in line at 12 p.m. would have been turned away; and
noted that “there have been zero complaints” about the Chesterton
“This has been
going on for 28 days,” Kozuszek said. “If anyone left before 12 p.m., it’s
To be absolutely
sure that everyone in line by 6 p.m. today--when the polls close in Porter
County--does get the chance to vote, a judge at each precinct in the
county will take a place at the end of the line at 5:55 p.m. Then, at 6
p.m., when the poll is officially closed, everyone in line in front
of the judge will be allowed to cast his or her ballot.