Turnout heavy at Fort Wayne-area voting sites

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Many voters waited in long lines on Tuesday to cast ballots in what has become one of the most closely watched midterm elections in decades.

Voters lined up before polls even opened at sites across Allen County.

The supervisor at the precinct located at Christ Church off Maplecrest Road told Fort Wayne’s NBC that many were waiting as early as 5:30 a.m., and that more than 500 people had voted by late morning.

That same official said the day felt more like a presidential-year election than a midterm, calling turnout “superb.”

Election boards were dealing with a handful of problems, including one at the Allen County Animal Care and Control voting site, which kept some voters from casting ballots until it could be fixed.

Local candidates were among those showing up early on Tuesday.

Third District Congressional hopeful Courtney Tritch, a Democrat, cast her ballot at a Fort Wayne Church, while incumbent Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican, voted at the Whitley County Government Center in Columbia City.

Both have campaigned heavily for a seat that has not been particularly competitive in years past.

In the state’s highest profile race, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly and Republican challenger Miike Braun were making their final pushes to get out the vote. Both will hold watch parties Tuesday evening in Indianapolis.

Polls in Indiana close at 6 p.m. Because part of the state is in the Central Time Zone, voters there will still be casting their ballots after the deadline has passed for most Indiana residents.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley

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