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Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson released the 2018 voter turnout report last week which showed the turnout in the midterm elections was higher than it's been in decades.

The report showed 51 percent, or 2,308,258, of Indiana’s 4.5 million registered voters cast a vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

The report was compiled by the Secretary of State’s office using voter data supplied by the office of the County Election Board in Indiana’s 92 counties.

Lawson stated that with these numbers, this year's midterm turnout is now officially the highest in over two decades.

“The last time we saw a midterm with turnout in the 50s was in 1994. Both of these election cycles highlight how candidates and issues drive higher turnout in elections,” she stated.

This year, Henry County had the highest turnout in the state at 64 percent. They were followed by Spencer County at 62 percent.

Early voting popularity continues to soar. In 2014, only 16 percent of voters cast a ballot early. This year, that number was doubled to 32 percent.

This was especially true in Marion County, as early voting opportunities expanded exponentially during this year's Midterm Election.

In Marion County, turnout this year was slightly below that of the rest of the state at 48 percent, with 309,620 ballots cast out of 647,977 registered voters. Of those, 225,473 votes were cast on Election Day, and 84,147, or 27 percent, were absentee ballots.

By contrast, during the 2014 midterm election, Marion County's turnout was only 25 percent.

 

Rob Burgess, News Editor at NUVO, can be reached by email at rburgess@nuvo.net, by phone at 317-808-4614 or on Twitter @robaburg.

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