FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Many Allen County voters said recent protests calling out racial injustice across the country played a motivating role in choosing to vote in the Indiana Primary Election.
“Freedom has rung but there is something wrong,” said Larry Wheeler, Fort Wayne resident. “There is something really wrong with this country. If I’m being honest, it starts from the top and works its way down to the bottom.”
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Allen County voter Deborah Smallback said she was anxious to cast her primary ballot, even if that meant taking extra precautions.
“I wore a mask because I am a healthcare provider,” Smallback said. “Plus I’m at that age where you should take extra precaution.”
The Allen County Election Board provided each voter with a glove and disinfected voting equipment following each use.
“I came down last week to the Grand Wayne Center to cast my vote early, and I noticed everything was spread out quite a bit,” said Jeff Tappy, Fort Wayne resident. “I think anytime you can speak your mind in a lawful and intelligent way it speaks the loudest.”
The Allen County Election board expects to be processing primary results through June 5 because of a record-setting number of mailed-in ballots.