Indiana primary election turnout only 13 percent

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Indiana's May 6 primary elections drew only 13 percent of registered voters to the polls.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced the turnout Tuesday, saying only 617,000 of Indiana's 4.5 million registered voters cast a vote in the primaries.

There were no key statewide races or issues to pique interest among voters.

The turnout figures show polls attracted fewer than 6 percent of voters in Vanderburgh County, where Evansville is located.

Lawson says she believes turnout was higher than the numbers indicate because lists of registered voters might be outdated.

Lawson says 16 percent of voters cast early ballots, compared with 12 percent in 2012 and 11 percent in 2010.


  • Only 13% have decided for all of us?
    Is there a minimum or Quorum below which the results of an election are invalid? No wonder Indiana can't elect qualified people to represent us.
  • Primary voting is party voting
    Primaries in Indiana are already "open". The purpose for a primary is to choose candidates for a particular one party. It's intended for party members, even though Indiana doesn't require you to vote for individuals of a party you prefer in November. The "open" means you are free to choose which ever party ballot you want.
  • open primary
    We need an open primary, i.e. a voter can vote for any candidate no matter which party. The primaries in IN seemed "rigged" from the start because before you can vote only one party's list of candidates. Many states have open primaries and we should too. What's the point here in IN?
    • Just what they want
      With only 13% turning out, the complete opposite is true. A motivated voting base can oust a long-seated politician easily. I agree, that it is difficult to ascertain what a politician stands for from a sign in the yard. But it is my responsibility as a citizen to use tools at my disposal and determine what the candidates in my district intend and stand for. Personally, I uphold the belief that if you do not participate in the voting process, then you cannot complain about the results.
    • It's difficult too
      They told my wife that she had "already voted", because I had voted earlier in the day, and obviously our address & last names are the same. Even in low-turnout they are still fishing for those "frauds" as they try their hardest to turn away legit voters.
    • lack of campaign
      It is unlikely that citizens will get out to vote when the candidates do not campaign. A sign on the corner with name and office does not make a campaign. People need to know "who" they are voting for and what they stand behind. I did not waste my time. Candidates need to earn the votes through active campaigning.
    • What's the point?
      Very few challengers can defeat well-funded, establishment candidates in gerrymandered districts. The system protects corrupt politicians building fortunes off their positions and discourages decent people from running for office. The political system is a joke, and voting is a waste of time.

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