Last Minute Preps Before Election Day

By Maureen Mespell
By Rachel Martin

November 7, 2011 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 5:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- The Allen County Election Board goes over last minute details Monday night.

Election Day will be busy for voters, but it was a busy 24-hours for Election Board workers and volunteers who spent Monday evening preparing voting-sites. Workers were taking calls Monday night from workers out in the field setting up voting booths.

Andy Boxberger, Vice President of the Allen County Election Board, said 700 workers will be operating the 100 polling locations that cover the 233 precincts around the city. The Election Board gathers to do this every year before elections incase there are any surprises or “emergencies” when it comes to voting sites.

“No surprises tonight. Business as usual with things we’re used to seeing,” Boxberger said. “We had calls that machines aren’t functioning quite right, or they’re missing some legs from a voting machine, things like that.”

Boxberger said there are technicians on stand-by who can either walk a person through instructions on the phone or deliver parts if necessary.

Election board officials said 6000 votes have been cast already—that includes mail-in absentee ballots and walk-in votes. As of this evening, Boxberger said they still have about 300 absentee ballots outstanding. All absentee ballots must be turned-in by noon on Tuesday, to count. But, if you haven't mailed yours in yet, there's still a way to make your vote count.

“I would recommend taking your ballot to your polling location and voting at that location, but make sure you take that ballot with you,” Boxberger said. “The poll books will indicate that you've received and absentee ballot but if you bring that with you, you'll be allowed to vote at the polling location.”

The board expects close to 40 percent voter turnout, but no problems at the polls.

“That’s why we’re here tonight, to take care of it today so everything will run smoothly tomorrow,” Boxberger said.

Elections in Indiana are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday November 8th.

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