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Parking, not lines, biggest issue for Marion Co. early voters

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Early voting headaches continue in some central Indiana counties.

In Marion County, it’s not the wait, which hasn’t exceeded 45 minutes. It’s the parking.

“In downtown Indianapolis there's a lot of new construction that's going on right now, so the parking that people used to have in the past, those lots are gone,” said Deputy Director of the Marion County Clerk’s Office, Russell Hollis.

Construction of the new Cummins headquarters impacted the available parking in the block next to the city-county building. Many people in line paid to park in nearby garages because the one free lot on Pearl Street was full.

And Saturday, parking for early voters, will be even more frustrating.

“Saturday during early voting, there is the Monumental Marathon in the morning, so parking will be limited due to the marathon,” said Hollis. “Then in the evening, there’s a Pacers game.”

Hollis says they were able to secure about 40 spots in a nearby lot before Pacers fans bought them. But for the Monumental Marathon, voters don’t even have the Pearl Street lot as an option. Those spots were paid for by runners months ago.

“Voters just have to look for street parking on Delaware Street near Market,” said Hollis. “Also, parking is available on Washington Street between Alabama and Delaware street and maybe as far as Pennsylvania Street.”

Hollis advises Saturday early voters to stop by after 10 a.m., when the fastest runners will have left downtown, hopefully freeing up spaces close to the city-county building.

Hollis is hoping that as many people as possible take advantage of the last days of early voting. The county is still short volunteers to count ballots on election night. Without enough people, the ballots may not all be counted that day, possibly delaying election day results for the whole state.

Early voting continues Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday 8 a.m. to noon.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help count the vote Tuesday night, call 317-327-2150.

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