Thirty percent of voters turned out for General Election

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson released data Tuesday afternoon that showed 30 percent of the state’s 1,388,965 voters cast ballots for the November 4 General Election. The 2014 election was the first one since 2002 without a gubernatorial or senate race. That year, turnout was 39 percent.

Jay County had the highest turnout rate in the state at 52 percent while several counties saw voter turnout higher than 40 percent. Martin, Ohio, Perry, Pike and Spencer all had at least a 48 percent turnout rate.

Here are voter turnout percentages for the counties in the NewsChannel 15 viewing area:

  • Adams – 42%
  • Allen — 29%
  • Blackford – 32%
  • DeKalb – 26%
  • Grant – 28%
  • Huntington – 30%
  • Jay – 52%
  • Kosciusko – 33%
  • LaGrange – 35%
  • Noble – 30%
  • Steuben – 37%
  • Wabash – 29%
  • Wells – 46%
  • Whitley – 35%

According to Lawson, voter turnout is calculated by dividing the number of voters voting by the number of registered voters. In May of this year, the Secretary of State’s office began working with county election officials to update Indiana’s voter list. This process has identified inaccurate voter registrations and marked those voters’ records inactive, the first step required to update Indiana’s voter list. The voter list refresh project will give Hoosiers a more accurate view of voter participation in future elections. When voter lists are bloated with inaccurate information, turnout statistics are artificially lowered. If Indiana’s voter turnout were based upon voter participation of active voters instead of including inactive voters, Indiana’s actual turnout would be 36.4 percent.

“As we continue to update our voter list, we will have a clearer picture of Indiana’s voter turnout numbers in future elections,” said Secretary Lawson. “Bloated lists artificially deflate our state’s turnout numbers. By using only active voters, we can give election officials, the media and voters a more accurate number.”

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