Long voting line at the Union, but looks can be deceiving

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It’s Election Day and News 18 is keeping up with polling places to see how it’s going so far.

One of the area’s longest voting lines is located at the Purdue Memorial Union, but looks can be deceiving. Even though the wait looks to be hours long, people at the Union say the line moves pretty quickly.

Voters at the Union said they are getting through in roughly 45 minutes. But not without the help of poll location supervisor Liz Rausch, who joined us live on News 18 at Noon to tell us more about Tuesday’s voting at the Union.

She is reminding voters in line to make sure to have their State of Indiana issued ID or driver’s license. Rausch said a federally issued ID, such as a military ID or a passport, will also work. She said out-of-state Purdue students can also use their Purdue student IDs to vote.

News 18 asked Rausch about commonly asked questions she hears in line.

“A lot of it has to do with the Purdue students who are Indiana residents in another county and they’re still registered in their home county,” she said.

Another student changed her voter registration information Monday night, but Rausch reminded her all changes had to be submitted by Oct. 11 to be valid for this election.

Rausch said some minor issues Tuesday morning caused the line backup.

“We had some problems early on with some of the computer systems, but we got those all smoothed out,” Rausch said. “So that’s why we’re running a 30 to 45-minute line. Even though it does look intimidating, it is moving along fairly quickly because they gave us plenty of check-in machines and voting machines.”

We will continue to follow all of your local results on WLFI.com and on News 18 at 11.