Hoosiers Vote Early, But Not As Often
Early voting down about 10% from 2008 despite blistering early pace
Thousands of Hoosiers are taking advantage of the option to vote early -- but not as many as in the last presidential election.
About a quarter of the voters four years ago cast their ballots early. This year, the state was on pace to beat that figure after the first two weeks of early voting, but has dropped off sharply since -- Secretary of State Connie Lawson says early votes are now about 70,000 behind the same point in 2008. That would put the state about 10% behind the 2008 total if the trend continues.
More than half the falloff is in Marion County, where early voting is down 26%. Clerk Beth White's office points out there were three early voting locations in 2008 versus just one this year.
Lawson points out that while Democrats put extra emphasis on early voting four years ago, both parties have encouraged their supporters to do so this year. She suggests that led to the two-week surge as people acted on prodding from the state parties and the campaigns.