In what likely is an early indication of statewide voting patterns, mail-in and early voting tallies already have broken all-time records in Seminole County, reported Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel.

Through the end of Thursday, with four postal service days left, 53,149 mail ballots have been received by his office. And through Thursday, with three early voting days left, 79,114 early votes have been cast in Seminole, Ertel reported. Those are both records for the 103-year-old county, he said.

“For some perspective, if every voter who cast a mail ballot thus far in this election were to attend the next home game of the University of Indiana Hoosiers, there wouldn’t be enough seating in Memorial Field, which has a capacity of just under 53,000. Arrowhead Stadium, the 80,000-capacity home of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, could barely hold Seminole County’s early voters,” Ertel stated in a news release.

So far, 45.3 percent of Seminole’s registered voters already have cast ballots, he reported. Republicans are dominating so far, but also dominate Seminole’s voter base. All totaled, 56,080 Republicans, 46,515 Democrats and 29,668 independent or third-party voters have cast ballots.

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