Crews gearing up for primary elections

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Crews are setting up vote centers around Tippecanoe County for the primary elections Tuesday.

“Today we’re out actually setting up the voting machines and the IT staff is out setting up the computers at all of the 19 vote center sites,” Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said.

Coffey said she expects 7,000 to 9,000 people will cast their votes Tuesday.

“A lot of the people who voted already are typical election day voters, so I don’t know if more people come out and make up for that difference, but I anticipate we’ll end up between 12,000 and 14,000 voters over all,” Coffey said.

Coffey said voting got off to a slow start at the early voting centers.

“It started off pretty slow, but it did pick up more to where I had anticipated,” Coffey said. “We had just over 4,000, so far.”

Some of the races to watch are the race for Tippecanoe County Sheriff, the Tippecanoe County Judge races and the U.S. Representative District 4 race. Coffey said she does not anticipate any problems with the equipment as voters cast their ballots.

“We are prepared as we can be,” Coffey said. “Something always comes up that you’re not prepared for, but our e-pollbook company is new to us this year and they will actually have staff traveling around to the sites to help with issues with that tomorrow if there are any.”

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. Tuesday until 6 p.m.

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