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Indiana Voter Turnout 30 Percent In General Election

One third of Indiana's 4.5 million registered voters turned out for this year's general election, according to data the Indiana Secretary of State's Office released today.

About 1.4 million people cast ballots on Nov. 4, although rates varied significantly by county.

Jay County had the highest turnout rate in the state with 52 percent. Martin, Ohio, Perry, Pike and Spencer all had at least a 48 percent voter turnout.

Voter turnout was expected to be low because there was no gubernatorial or senate race on the ballot, which happens once every 12 years.

The last time there were no big-ticket races on the ballot in 2002, the voter turnout was 39 percent, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson, however, says this year's rate would have been 36.4 percent if inactive voters were not counted.

Lawson began cleaning up the voter roles in May, sending out mailings to people who might have moved out of state or died.

“As we continue to update our voter list, we will have a clearer picture of Indiana’s voter turnout numbers in future elections,” Lawson said in a statement. “Bloated lists artificially deflate our state’s turnout numbers. By using only active voters, we can give election officials, the media and voters a more accurate number.”

The state has identified 700,000 individuals as inactive voters.

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