Low voter turnout for primary across Indiana

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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.


  • Change Privacy Laws
    I am an independent voter who votes for the best person. I understand why it makes sense to be only able to vote in the R primary or the D primary. What I don't like is that my choice of party in any particular party is then publicized. This should be private information; just as my actual vote is.
  • Registered to what?
    I am a registered voter, but I am not a "registered member of X political party" - which effectively excludes me from primaries. Political parties (read: the two big ones) are not part of the constitution, and not helpful to our country or our state/local governments. Primary elections didn't even exist 100 years ago, and they are in place for members of these terrible organizations (Dems and GOP). You should be ashamed of yourself if you are supporting the two-party oligarchy.
  • Shame
    It is truely a shame when people do not go out and exercise the right some people die for in other countries. There are thousands of men and women who have perished over the years in war to defend our collective right to vote and they would be ashamed of the turn out recorded on Tuesday. I always vote in the primary and general election because I believe that even one person can make a difference.
  • Why bother
    It was between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. No one represented the people

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