Secretary of State: 13% of Voters Made it to Polls for Primaries
Secretary of State Connie Lawson has announced that 13 percent or 617,156 of Indiana’s 4.5 million registered voters cast a vote in the May 6 Primary Elections.
Indiana saw more Hoosiers opt for early voting during the 2014 Primary Election. During the primary, 16 percent of voters who cast a ballot voted early, compared to 12 percent in 2012 and 11 percent in 2010 and 2008.
“I believe our actual voter turnout numbers may be higher than 13 percent,” said Secretary Lawson. “We are currently in the process of updating our voter list, which will give us clear data on Indiana’s real voter turnout numbers in future elections.”
Indiana saw an increase in the number of counties moving to the cost-saving vote center model. 16 counties chose to use vote centers in the primary last month compared to 7 in the 2012 election cycle. As a state senator, Secretary Lawson authored legislation giving counties the option to establish vote centers. She says they have the potential to significantly improve efficiency and reduce county election costs.
The complete 2014 Primary Election Turnout and Absentee Chart with voter statistics for each county can be viewed online at http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/primary14/2014PrimaryTurnout.pdf . The report was compiled by the Election Division of the Secretary of State’s office from voter data gathered in Indiana’s 92 counties.