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Indiana Primary Election Results Not Expected For Days

Justin Hicks
IPB News


Hoosiers shouldn’t expect full results the night of Indiana’s primary election like usual.

Indiana expanded vote-by-mail to anyone who wanted it for this year’s primary, a reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. And about 500,000 more people requested such a ballot than in the last presidential primary.

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Because of that, Secretary of State Connie Lawson says don’t expect results Tuesday night.

“I think it’s gonna take two or three days, honestly, before we get the final results," Lawson says. "Some of the counties, like Ohio County – the last time I looked, they had 71. So, obviously they’re going to be done. Marion County will not be done. It’s gonna take a while.”

Ohio County sent out the fewest absentee ballots, just 141. Marion County sent the most, more than 124,000.

The Indiana Election Commission says counties must finish counting all absentee ballots by noon on June 12.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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.