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Official primary voter turnout numbers released

by IPR News

June 1, 2012

Numbers released Friday by the Indiana Secretary of State’s office confirm what was widely expected — voter turnout for Indiana’s 2012 primary fell dramatically from the historic highs of the 2008 primary.  Despite a hotly-contested Republican Senate race, only about 22 percent of registered voters went to the polls in May.  That’s down from 40 percent in the 2008 presidential primary.  But unlike four years ago, neither the Democratic or Republican presidential primaries were competitive, with Mitt Romney virtually clinching the GOP nomination prior to Indiana’s election.  Secretary of State Connie Lawson says this year’s numbers are close to the 21 percent voter turnout in the also-less competitive 2004 primary.