By Kristin Bien (email@example.com)
5:37 PM EDT, October 8, 2012
Election day is in 29 days, but voting officially started Monday in Indiana.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg tweeted that he voted.
Early voting is becoming more popular every year and especially during presidential elections. This is something the candidates plan for as they look toward Election Day.
Early Monday, St. Joseph County had received 800 absentee ballots from people who are out of town, stuck in their homes or stationed overseas in the military.
“Not really a headache yet, but we have been very busy already,” said St. Joseph County Clerk Terri Rethlake.
Soon, the lobby of the County-City Building will fill up as people come in person to vote early. Early voting is becoming a trend, as more people vote before Election Day out of convenience and necessity.
And the candidates realize that.
“It is always crunch time,” said Brenden Mullen Campaign Manager Andy Reynolds. “There is no time that isn’t crunch time.”
Mullen is a Democrat running for Congress in the 2nd district against Republican Jackie Walorski. His ads have been running since August, and Reynolds says the campaign is about to roll out a brand new ad. The idea is to keep Mullen’s name on the minds of voters, especially now as early voters head to the polls.
“Telling that story is really the most important goal of the campaign,” Reynolds added. “I think it informs who he is as a great man and rep for our community.”
Walorski Campaign Manager Brendon DelToro says they understand a good chunk of voters hit the polls early, but their mission is still the same – reach as many voters as you can before they vote.
“You are always working,” DelToro said. “Jackie has been working 12, 15, 16 hour days, and that is going to continue through the 6th.”
Ultimately, you can’t vote until you are registered, and you have until Tuesday at 4:30 to do that in your county offices, if you’re not already registered.
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