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Low voter turnout for primary across Indiana

May 7, 2014

A ho-hum Indiana primary election without a key statewide race or issue to pique interest failed to draw many voters to polling booths.

Fewer than 8 percent of registered voters in Indianapolis cast ballots, according to the data from the Marion County Election Board.

Records kept by the Indiana secretary of state's office show that's the lowest voter turnout for any non-municipal election in Marion County in at least 25 years.

Election officials in some of the state's other large counties reported similar results. Allen County (Fort Wayne) had 12-percent turnout and Lake County's (Gary) primary drew 12.8 percent of voters, while fewer than 6 percent of voters in Vanderburgh County (Evansville) bothered to go to the polls.

In Hamilton County, turnout Tuesday was an anemic 12 percent countywide, with fewer than 25,000 ballots cast despite the historic mayor's race in Fishers.

The secretary of state's office expects to report statewide voter turnout on or after May 20.

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