Voters take advantage of the state's early voting Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, lined up at the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point, Ind., before it ended at noon. | Stephanie Dwell-Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 5, 2012 11:56AM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lines at early polling places stretched out the door and down the block in some Indiana cities as voters scrambled to meet an early voting deadline.
Early voting across the state was scheduled to end at noon Monday.
Large numbers of voters stood in line Monday at the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point. At the City-County Building in Indianapolis, voters stood in a line nearly a block long huddled in the November chill. The Journal Gazette also reported long lines in Fort Wayne.
But early turnout was down from the last presidential election in 2008.
The Indiana secretary of state’s office reports that more than 460,000 people had voted across the state as of Friday, with the heaviest turnouts in urban Marion and Lake counties. That compares with about 516,000 who had voted by the Friday before Election Day in 2008.