(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indianapolis will add its seventh and largest early-voting location for the final weekend before Election Day.
The Marion County Election Board unanimously approved early voting at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. There will be 56 voting machines set up on the stadium’s south concourse from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Those are the same hours as all the other locations except the City-County Building, which will stay open till nine.
The City-County Building will also be open for early voting from 8 a.m. till noon on Monday, the last chance to vote before Election Day.
Russell Hollis, spokesman for Marion County Clerk Myla Eldridge (D), says the large number of voting machines and the size of the building should make lines move faster than at the other locations, where wait times of an hour or more have been common and lines have stretched to as long as seven hours. He says adding Lucas Oil Stadium should also take some of the pressure off those other locations.
Eldridge extended voting hours at the City-County Building earlier this week, moving the closing time from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to deal with turnout.
Democrats have blamed Republicans for not approving more voting sites sooner. Any early voting location other than the City-County Building requires unanimous approval from the bipartisan board, and Republicans had blocked expansions of early voting in past elections. But the board’s Republican member, Jennifer Ping, says she approved this year’s early voting plan exactly as Eldridge presented it. She says the sites have been swamped by turnout which has tripled from past elections due to the pandemic pushing more people to vote early.
The stadium will open its south parking lot for voters and pollworkers.
Lucas Oil Stadium was already an Election Day polling place, along with the Pacers’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse.