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22 Percent Of Voters Turn Out For Indiana’s Primary

Indiana's voter turnout was much lower than the previous presidential primary four years ago.

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Early voting began in counties across Indiana and will continue until May 7.

Numbers released Friday by the Indiana Secretary of State’s office confirm what was widely expected — voter turnout for Indiana’s 2012 primary fell dramatically from the historic highs of the 2008 primary.

Despite a hotly-contested Republican Senate race, only about 22 percent of registered voters went to the polls in May, down from 40 percent in 2008. But unlike four years ago, neither the Democratic or Republican presidential primaries were competitive, with Mitt Romney virtually locking up the GOP nomination prior to Indiana’s election.

In a statement, Secretary of State Connie Lawson lauded the use of vote centers in some counties this year.  Vote centers consolidate multiple precincts into one location as a way to save money.

Lawson pointed to Johnson County as a success story, a county which is expected to save around $60,000 by using vote centers, and says she hopes more counties follow suit.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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