Early voting for the 2012 General Election in Hamilton County is already far ahead of 2008.
Hamilton County Elections Administrator Kathy Richardson said walk-in traffic is nearly double than this time four years ago.
"I was not anticipating this," Richardson said.
Early and absentee voting in Indiana began last Monday. So far, 3,947 early ballots have been cast in the first week compared to 2,048 in the first week of 2008.
Walk-in traffic is up over 800 voters so far in 2012.
Fewer mail-in ballots have been requested this year, but they are being returned at a much faster rate Richardson added.
In 2008, the Elections Office received approximately 5,500 mail-in ballot requests. By the first week of early voting, 994 had been returned.
This year, the Elections Office received around 5,300 mail-in ballot requests, but 2,063 ballots have already been returned.
Richardson said she thinks the numbers are up because of the continued growth in the county and more people want to avoid the long lines at the polls on Election Day.
"People keep telling us they love it, "Richardson said.
Early voting continues until noon Nov. 5. Election Day is Nov. 6. The Hamilton County Elections Office is located in the Government and Judicial Center, One Hamilton County Square, on the west side of the Courthouse Square in Noblesville. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 317-775-8476.