|Voter turnout report released|
|Written by Submitted|
|Monday, December 03, 2012 5:06 PM|
Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced that 58 percent or 2,663,367
of Indiana’s 4.5 million registered voters cast a ballot in the Nov. 6
The turnout in this election cycle was less than
the 62 percent reported in the historic 2008 presidential election, but
equal to the 58 percent reported for the 2004 presidential election.
Wells County had the highest turnout in the state at 72 percent.
ballots comprised 22 percent of the total ballots cast, a slight
decrease from 24 percent in 2008, but a dramatic increase from the 10
percent in 2004.
The Dearborn County stats include:
Lawson used this election cycle as an opportunity to observe vote
center counties and to look for ways to improve the election process. As
a state senator, Secretary Lawson authored legislation giving counties
the option to adopt vote centers, which consolidate multiple precincts
into a single location so counties save on costs associated with hiring
poll workers and purchasing voting machines and supplies. Vote centers
have the potential to significantly improve efficiency and reduce county
centers provide voters with the flexibility to vote anywhere in the
county at their convenience, reducing lines and the stress of peak times
generally seen at traditional precinct locations,” said Lawson.
Johnson and Switzerland counties used vote centers for the first time
during the primary, while Tippecanoe, Cass, and Wayne counties continued
the practice after successful elections in previous years.
County also established countywide vote centers after a positive
experience with the Evansville Municipal Election. Howard and Floyd
Counties have already announced they will move to the voter center model
Secretary Lawson plans to use 2013 to travel the state and bring together local leaders to discuss the vote center model and to help counties properly plan for a 2014 or 2015 roll out.