Tippecanoe County voters line up before polls even open

People lined up to vote in Tippecanoe County well before the polls opened Tuesday morning. (WLFI Photo)
People lined up to vote in Tippecanoe County well before the polls opened Tuesday morning. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — People lined up to vote in Tippecanoe County well before the polls opened Tuesday morning. At Lafayette City Hall, voters arrived as early as 5:30 a.m.

There was a bit of a delay in some places, as election workers got used to the system and the rush of voters.

Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said there were no major technical issues, so far. But News 18 asked her about volunteers, preparedness and today’s challenges.

“We actually have almost 200 workers across the 19 voting centers,” Coffey said. “That’s more than we’ve ever had before, so its a good problem to have.”

Coffey said poll workers receive about 1½ to 2 hours worth of training.

“We also make it available for them [volunteers] to come in as we’re doing absentee voting to get comfortable with the system, with hands-on [training],” she said.

What’s the biggest challenge you face today? asked News 18.

“It’s just making, managing. You know, we’ll have some equipment issues here and there. We’ll have some calls for problems of all kinds of natures, so it’s just a matter of keeping things flowing and keeping on schedule so that we’re ready when the polls close,” Coffey said.

Polls close at 6 p.m. ET.

We will have all of your local Election Day results online at WLFI.com and on-air on News 18 at 11.