Early Voting Lags 2008 Even In Interested Counties

Bartholomew County officials are surprised the races in their area haven’t brought out more voters.

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Election officials say early voting has fallen off from 2008's numbers.

Early voter turnout is down statewide. In 2008, around 186 thousand early ballots were cast.  Indiana Secretary of state spokesperson Valerie Kroeger says as of Friday, the number was nearly half that at about 95,000.

“There wasn’t the draw that we had in the 2008 primary for the presidential vote,” she says. “We always like to see every voter come out and cast their vote.”

Bartholomew County’s numbers have not seen as large of a drop as others in the state. Just fewer than 11 hundred voters in Bartholomew County had cast their ballots as of Friday—that’s about 20 percent less than 2008.

“The 6th congressional District race is very interesting and it should have generated probably more than it is,” says Ted Ogle, is the head of the Bartholomew County Republican Party and 6th District GOP Chairman. He says since incumbent Congressman Mike Pence is running for governor, Republicans are left to choose between eight candidates who could replace him.

“I think people are interested, but I’m just not sure with Mike leaving if people understand where things are with that or not.”

Ogle also says Bartholomew County voters largely support Mike Pence for governor. But because Pence is running unopposed in the primary, Ogle says he’s not sure how many people will come out to vote.

While voters could still show up in higher numbers Tuesday, the state Election Division says early voting is normally a good sign of Election Day turnout.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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