MUNCIE – A shootout between police and bank robbery suspects complicated voting in Muncie.
The Star Press reported that police arrested two suspects after a robbery at a First Merchants Bank in Muncie. The newspaper said one of the suspects shot at a Yorktown officer and was critically injured when the officer returned fire.
Police closed roads in the area, and Delaware County Clerk Steve Craycraft says he was told voters were unable to reach a polling place at a nearby church because of traffic restrictions.
St. Joseph County runs out of ballots
The county that includes South Bend ran out of ballots at about a dozen precincts.
WSBT-TV in South Bend reported that the precincts in St. Joseph County ran out of ballots between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday and voters were turned away in some places. One precinct inspector, Mike Maeyens, says he called county officials looking for more ballots but didnt get any until Democratic and Republican officials got involved.
Hamilton County extends hours to oblige voters
Some voters in Hamilton County were still standing in line to cast ballots more than an hour after their polling place was to shut down but were allowed to vote.
Residents of the Republican-dominated county waited up to three hours to vote at some of the countys 150 polling stations.
Hamilton County Election Administrator Kathy Richardson said those in line at 6 p.m. local time could still vote.
Richardson says a programming glitch delayed Tuesdays voting by about 20 minutes. But she attributed the long lines that formed to high interest in the presidential election and a local referendum on whether Fishers should remain a town or become a city.
Fishers resident Charlene Shannon says some people left without voting because the lines were so long.
Hoosier voters able to celebrate early this time
Indiana voters who wanted to celebrate Tuesdays presidential election were able to get an early start for the first time in years, thanks to the lifting of a law barring alcohol sales before the close of polls on Election Day.
The state legislature passed a law in March 2010 that repealed a ban on alcohol sales while polls are open. That ban had been on the books for years, according to John Livengood, president of associations representing Indianas restaurants, hotels and liquor stores.
Kyle Buckley, the owner of Rookies Pub in Indianapolis, said business was slow Tuesday, and she was wondering whether her customers knew they could buy a drink there.
I hope theyre all out voting, she said. That would be a great thing.
The Election Day limits were an inconvenience for hotels that wanted to start receptions before polls closed and airport bars, where travelers passing through the state didnt understand why they couldnt drink while waiting for their flight.