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Many Lines, Little Waiting: Official Count Shows Indiana Primary Election Turnout Fizzled

Dillon Beach

Only 13-percent of registered Indiana voters went to the polls for May’s primary election. 

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…but only about 617,000 Hoosier voters cast a ballot.  That’s more than 100,000 fewer voters than the lowest turnout in the last 20 years and more than 300,000 thousand 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 is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. 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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