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Indiana’s Primary Voter Turnout Was Lowest In 20 Years

About 13 percent of Indiana's registered voters turned out for last month's primary election, according to numbers the secretary of state released today.

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About 617,000 registered voters cast a ballot in this year's primary.

Only 13 percent of registered Indiana voters went to the polls for May’s primary election, which is the lowest number in more than two decades.

The 2014 primary election was atypical for Indiana. There were no statewide races on the ballot, the first time that’s happened since 2002.

Only three statewide officers are up for election in November, Secretary of State, Treasurer and Auditor, and those candidates are chosen at the state party conventions. So voter turnout wasn’t expected to be high this year.

About 617,000 registered voters cast a ballot this year. That is significantly lower than the 861,000 Hoosiers that voted in 2002.

It is also more than 100,000 fewer voters than the lowest turnout in the last 20 years and 35 percent less than the average turnout over the last two decades.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson says the turnout mark of 13 percent is likely lower than reality because many people who have died or moved out of state are still counted as eligible voters.

She says ongoing efforts to clean up the voter rolls will produce more accurate turnout statistics in the future.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS 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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