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A power outage Wednesday afternoon at Hebron Town Hall pulled the plug on the first day of early voting there.

The power went out about 2:30 p.m., Porter County Clerk Karen Martin said.

Porter County had some problems at the Porter County Administration Center in Valparaiso, too.

“We had some printer problems. We had to have some manual printing for a while,” Martin said.

Porter County had 399 voters, Martin said.

Union Township’s total Wednesday was 18, already 25 percent of the 72 votes cast there during early voting in the spring, she said.

This is the first year for early voting in Hebron and Union Township, Martin said.

Turnout was high Wednesday in Lake County, said LeAnn Angerman, assistant director of the Lake County Board of Elections & Voter Registration.

Lake County saw 940 votes cast, compared to 215 on the first day of early voting in 2014, the most recent midterm election. There were 1,394 votes cast on the first day in 2016, a presidential election, Angerman said.

“We haven’t had long lines, but we’ve had lines,” LaPorte County Clerk Kathy Chroback said. “Some folks were anxious to get in and vote.”

“I just think the general climate of the country right now” is responsible for the increased turnout, Martin said.

Voter turnout could be higher than normal this year, Angerman said. Voter registrations and absentee ballot requests are both higher than normal.

“We’re just encouraging everyone to exercise their right to vote,” she said. “We always have to encourage people to get out and vote.”

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Porter County Government Reporter

Senior reporter Doug Ross, an award-winning writer, has been covering Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, including more than a quarter of a century at The Times.