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Indiana Election Commission: Primary Voter Turnout 21 Percent

New information from the Indiana Election Commission shows voter turnout at the May 4th primary election was 21 percent.

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Voting in the May 4th Indiana Primary was 21%, compared to 40% in the 2008 heavily contested democratic presidential primary.

New information from the Indiana Election Commission shows voter turnout at the May 4th primary election was 21 percent.

Eleven percent of people who voted did so by casting an absentee ballot. That’s just shy of 95 thousand voters.

Voter turnout for the 2010 primary election was slightly higher than the 2006 primary, when 19 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. In the 2004 primary, voter turnout was 21 percent, and in 2002 was 22 percent.

Due to the heavily contested Democratic Presidential primary in 2008, voter turnout was an unprecedented 40 percent.

Counties with vote centers saw the largest rates of absentee voting. In Cass County, 42 percent of voters cast an absentee ballot. In Tippecanoe County, 29 percent voted absentee and in Wayne County, 45 percent voted absentee.