Early voting numbers in Tippecanoe County indicate potential record

Early voting in Tippecanoe County (WLFI)
Early voting in Tippecanoe County (WLFI)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Early voting numbers in Tippecanoe County indicate a potential record breaking voter turnout.

County Clerk Christa Coffey says numbers are far higher than the 2012 election but comparable to 2008. She said she’s not too surprised, this year’s primary election showed a similar trend.

Coffey said if you plan to vote early, expect lines because they are still working out kinks with the new election software.

“Saturday was a rough day,” said Coffey. “But it was our first day with a lot of the poll workers using the new equipment, but we made it through and processed well over a thousand voters.”

She believes the new technology is already reducing error. The tablets have allowed people to catch mistakes poll workers may not. For example, dads and sons with the same name have noticed a difference in birthdays before casting their ballot as their father or son with that name.

Gordon Coppoc voted at the West Lafayette Payless Supermarket Monday evening.

“Was the technology pretty easy to use?” asked News 18’s Kayla Sullivan during a live interview Monday.

“Oh, it’s fantastic,” said Coppoc. “Trivial, piece of cake.”

He said he decided to cast his ballot early because he’s healthy at the moment and this is such an important election, that he wanted to make sure he voted.

“You never know what’s going to happen in eight days,” said Coppoc.

That’s why Coffey said people should be certain before they decide to vote early.

“If you’re not really committed to the candidate you’re voting for, you may want to wait until Election Day because once you cast that ballot, you’re done. There is no redoing it,” said Coffey.

News 18’s Kayla Sullivan talked about the surprises in the election, she said some people are nervous to vote early but not Coppoc.

“I’m not nervous,” chuckled Coppoc. “Anybody who knows me knows how I voted.”

He said early voting depends on the person and their level of confidence.

“But if you’re really intent on voting, you better do it while you’re healthy enough to do it,” said Coppoc.

Payless Supermarket early voting centers are open every day, noon-7 p.m., until Saturday.