November 5, 2019

Hogsett And Merritt Highlight New Voting Access Tools In Last Push

Democratic Incumbent Mayor Joe Hogsett poses with voters outside Warren Central High School Tuesday.

Democratic Incumbent Mayor Joe Hogsett poses with voters outside Warren Central High School Tuesday.

Democratic incumbent Mayor Joe Hogsett and his opponent, Republican State Sen. Jim Merritt, made their last push in the race for Indianapolis mayor Tuesday.

As voters took to the polls in Warren Township, Hogsett highlighted his optimism for new tools to expand voting access, including early voting and electronic voting tablets.

“Marion County this time has gone to electronic poll books, which means to your listeners that they can go to any precinct and cast their ballots,” Hogsett said.

This is the first election the electronic poll books have been used to check in voters. Marion County Clerk Deputy Director Rusell Hollis told WFYI the books are updated in real time. 

On Indianapolis’ south side, Merritt greeted voters at The Creek Christian Church. At midday, he said he was confident the election was moving in his favor.

“I do believe I’m going to win,” Merritt said. “And when I win, on January 1, we will get back to having a safe Indianapolis. We’ll get back to having solid infrastructure.”

Polls close at 6 p.m. Follow WFYI for additional coverage as votes are counted.

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