Voters turn out to polls in strong numbers

NORTHEAST INDIANA (WANE) Voters around the area showed up to the polls during Tuesday’s primary election in strong numbers.

Some counties in the area reported nearly half of registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday during a primary election that saw numerous contested – and high-profile – races, either local, state or federal.

VOTER TURNOUT

In Allen County, election officials said more than 36 percent of registered voters voted. DeKalb County saw 42 percent voter turnout, with more than 46 percent in Adams County.

In Whitley County, voter turnout exceeded 49 percent – an area high number.

Those numbers were strengthened by a ballot that featured Republican and Democratic presidential contests, a spirited Senate GOP primary election and crowded races for Republican nominations in two U.S. House districts. As a result, as a precursor to Tuesday, voters cast a record number of early ballots around the state. Indiana Election Division Co-Director Angie Nussmeyer said 286,219 completed ballots had been received by county officials by 8 a.m. Tuesday – about 97.6 percent of the more than 293,000 ballot applications requested statewide.

The popularity of the vote extended into Tuesday, then.

Allen County election director Beth Dlug said about 20,000 people had voted Tuesday by about 9:30 a.m., and another 16,000 voted ahead of the primary. All told, 98,476 residents voted in Allen County – some 27 percent of the county population.

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