Primary municipal elections see 13% turnout statewide

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About 13% of Indiana’s eligible voters cast a vote in the state’s May 7 municipal primary election, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Tuesday.

That’s up just slightly from 12.3% in 2015, the last year for municipal elections in the state.

The turnout was compiled by the Indiana Election Division from voter data gathered in 69 of Indiana’s 92 counties. There were 23 counties in Indiana this year that did not have a primary election.

Absentee votes made up 23 percent of the total statewide.

About 9% of eligible voters turned out in Marion County.

In the Indianapolis area, Boone County had the highest turnout among counties, at 22%, followed by Morgan at 20%, Madison at 19%, Hamilton at 17%, Johnson at 12%, Hancock at 8%, Shelby at 7%, and Hendricks at 5%

“Congratulations to Martin County and Rush County for posting the highest turnout in the state, with 35 percent each,” said Lawson said in written comments. “I hope to see more counties have a higher turnout rate this fall. When Hoosier voters are engaged, it benefits the entire state, and I will continue to leverage the resources of my office to ensure fair and accessible elections in every Indiana county.”

The municipal general election is Nov. 5.

Turnout for the primary election in 2018 was 20 percent, but that election determined primary results in statewide and federal races for the Senate and House of Representatives, plus numerous county races.

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