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Voters stline estimated be an hour half long wait during last hours early voting Lake County Government Center Crown Point

Voters stand in a line estimated to be an hour and a half long wait during the last hours of early voting at the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point, Ind. Monday November 5, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 5, 2012 10:15PM



Lake County last-minute early voters stood in long lines to cast ballots Monday.

At the county courthouse in Gary, the line snaked down a long hallway, outside and down the stairs.

It was the same in Winfield at the trustee’s office and at the Lake Government Government Center where voters rushed to beat the noon deadline.

Vicki Loeber, of Crown Point, waited in line at the Winfield site for more than an hour. “I have to work Tuesday and this is very important,” she said.

In Gary, Brenda Williams said she waited more than two hours to cast her ballot. “It’s well worth it,” she said.

Darlene A. Allen, of Gary, said she will be working at the polls Tuesday so she opted to vote Monday.

“It is my duty as a productive member of society to vote,” she said.

But early turnout was down from the last presidential election in 2008.

The Indiana secretary of state’s office reported that more than 460,000 people had voted across the state as of Friday, with the heaviest turnouts in urban Lake and Marion counties. That compares with about 516,000 who had voted by the Friday before Election Day in 2008.

Voting information can also be found online at http://www.lakecountyin.org/portal, then click on the Lake County Board of Elections and Voter’s Registration button.

— Contributing: AP



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