Thousands of people are choosing to vote by mail in Tippecanoe County

More than 8,000 voters have submitted absentee ballot applications so far, up from more than 2,000 in the 2016 presidential election, according to county Clerk Julie Roush.

Posted: Sep 21, 2020 4:59 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Thousands of people in Tippecanoe County are choosing to vote by mail, and there are still several weeks left to apply for an absentee ballot.

More than 8,000 voters have submitted mail-in ballot applications so far, up from more than 2,000 in the 2016 presidential election, according to county Clerk Julie Roush.

About 12,000 people voted by mail in this year's primary election after the state offered "no-excuse" absentee voting, Roush adds.

As News 18 previously reported, state Democratic and Republican parties mailed applications to registered voters statewide this month. That caused some confusion among voters and resulted in many duplicate applications, as well as the assumption that mail-in voting was the only option, Roush says. 

"We've had a lot of people think because they've seen the applications, that was their only choice," she says. "We've had other people that are applying for the second time because they thought they had to fill out the application that came from both parties."

Roush says that she believes the flood of applications from the state political parties are part of the reason for the uptick in mail-in voting.

She adds that many people who voted by mail in the primary election are choosing to do so again, even though "no-excuse" absentee voting is not being offered for the general election.

"So there was a little bit of confusion, but then again, a lot of people ... that voted by mail in the primary have applied again to vote in this election, as well," Roush says.

Oct. 22 is the deadline for the election board to receive a mail-in application, but Roush suggests that voters apply no more than 15 days before the election.

She says the first round of absentee ballots was sent out on Saturday.

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