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Voter turnout drops across region from 2018

Jim Banks Midterm 2022
Brittany Smith
Jim Banks prepares to speak at the Allen County Republicans Headquarters in downtown Fort Wayne following his reelection on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

Voter turnout dropped from the 2018 midterms in every Northeast Indiana county with data available this election.

The number of registered voters has increased in every county in the region since 2018, but voter turnout dipped by more than 10% in nearly every county, except Kosciusko County where turnout dropped by 9%.

In Wabash County, voter turnout dropped by 40% with only a little over 3,000 votes cast.

Whitley County had the highest percentage turnout at 48%, followed by Wells County which had 47%.

In Allen County, the number of registered voters increased by more than 11,000 since 2018, but turnout fell by nearly 25,000 ballots.

Voter turnout typically decreases in midterm elections, from general elections. In 2020, Allen County had 63% turnout. This election, it had nearly half that at 37 percent.

While mail-in ballots decreased from 2018, the number of people voting in-person early in Allen County increased by more than 1,000.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.
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