Hoosiers voting early, all eyes on Vigo County ahead of election


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – There are just over two weeks until general election day, and a lot is at stake.

Some people in Indiana are already casting their ballots. If you haven’t, local leads want to make sure you do.

News 10 caught up with Vigo County Republican Chairman, Randy Gentry, Thursday afternoon as he voted early.

Gentry told News 10 the line to vote early was longer than he expected, but that shouldn’t deter people from ballots.

He wants to stress the importance of voting, as it determines how our communities and country are governed. “There’s a lot of people to vote for down ballot as well. I think that’s an important thing. We’re not just talking about a presidential election year. But, there’s a lot of big decisions to make locally. I encourage people to take a few moments and look at the ballot and understand who you’re voting for.”

All eyes on Vigo County. That’s due to the county’s history as a bellwether state.

In 30 out of 32 presidential elections, the majority of the county voted for the winner.

Gentry tells News 10 he’s talked to national, and even international media about the county’s history. Gentry says he thinks the bellwether history has a lot to do with Vigo County’s location.

“We are the Crossroads of America. It’s kind of a blending pot of all different kinds of scenarios, where you have farms sitting next to universities, and universities sitting next to factories. It’s kind of a melting pot, I guess, a blend, that we always get it right.”

To find where you can vote early in person, click here. For a complete list of voting centers in Vigo County for the 2016 elections, check out this link. In other counties, you can call your county clerk’s office for voting information.

Election day is November 8th, 2016.