Saturday, October 25, 2008
Early Voting In Indiana Favors Democrats
According to the Secretary of State's office, 221,099 Indiana voters had cast early votes as of Thursday. The Star's Jason Thomas reports that 260,550 absentee ballots were cast in the 2004 election. Troubling for Republicans are the number of early voters in Marion and Lake Counties where the early vote totals already exceed the 2004 mark. In Marion County, more than 42,230 voters have cast their ballots as of Friday. In 2004, about 27,000 votes were cast by absentee ballots. In Lake County, more than 13,000 early votes have been cast, compared to the 12,683 absentee ballots cast four years. Both Marion and Lake Counties will favor Sen. Barack Obama heavily over Sen. John McCain. In the counties surrounding Marion County, which tend to favor the Republican candidate heavily, the following number of early voters has been reported to date: Hamilton (6,345); Hendricks (5,500); Hancock (2,466); Johnson (2,000); and Boone (1,500).