This year, voters were able to cast their ballot at any vote center instead of at an assigned precinct. The centers are also debuted new touchscreen voting books and an electronic voter check-in system.
Five vote centers got off to a rough start with some start-up issues, but Wayne Kramer, chairman of the Elkhart County Election Board, said all vote centers were up and running by 6:07 a.m.
Kramer said 778 people had cast their ballots as of 6:53 a.m. That number climbed to 2,530 by 8:15 a.m.
Elkhart's North Side Gym was the busiest vote center Tuesday morning. Kramer said that 925 of the 8,629 people who had voted by 12:55 p.m. had cast their ballots at that center.
Two additional vote machines were sent to North Side to help cut down on the long lines some voters were experiencing.