Voter turnout low in primary election

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – The Allen County Election Board has reported a low turnout in this year’s primary election, but said that’s to be expected.

Noah Vorndran, 18, of Fort Wayne, is a high school senior. He voted for the first time Tuesday at Classic Cafe, in Fort Wayne. He said he’s heard of this election being a possible low turnout, but he said it’s about the bigger picture.

“Even if it is an “off election”, you’re still making decisions that affect you and your future,” he said.

Allen County Election Board officials prepared for 20 percent of Allen County voters to turnout for Tuesday’s election. Tom Hardin, Allen County Election Board chairperson, said this is normal for an “off-year election.” Hardin said despite the low turnout on election day, early voting hit record highs. More than 2,000 voters sent in their absentee ballots for this primary election.

Some polling locations, like Classic Cafe, had a steady stream of voters coming in throughout the day Tuesday.

“We really have had someone here much of the time,” said Linda Wade, election inspector.

She’s worked polling locations for several years and said low turnouts is to be expected during this time, but she expects it to be busy come November.

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