150,000 Cast Votes in Allen County (Photos)

By Nina Settappa
By Scott Sarvay
By Stephanie Parkinson

November 6, 2012 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 4:26 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - The Allen County Election Board estimates around 55 percent of voters in the county voted in this year’s election. That means about 150,000 people either headed to the polls Tuesday or voted early in person or by absentee.

The president of the Allen County Board of Elections, Zach Klutz, says that is a strong turnout for Allen County and is on par with the 2008 presidential election.

Allen County did see an increase in early voting for this election. 32,000 people took advantage of early voting this year. In 2008 30,000 people voted early.

The wait for voters who went to the polls Tuesday was between two minutes and almost two hours, depending on the time of day and the precinct, but most voters say it was well worth the wait.

"It's one of our rights and I think it's something that we need to get out and do,” said Joe Hayes, voter.

"It's important, I vote all the time, I don't miss a vote,” said Dan Johnson, voter.

"If you don't vote, you basically give up your right to have an opinion in that area,” said Todd Breland, voter.

Allen County has 327 precincts dispersed over 128 polling locations and had 900 machines up and running throughout those locations Tuesday. Klutz says they didn’t experience any major problems with their machines.

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