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Indiana Crosses 3 Million-Voter Mark For Record Turnout In 2020 General Election

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Lauren Chapman
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IPB News

More Hoosiers voted in the 2020 general election than in any election in state history, crossing the 3 million-voter mark for the first time.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson noted that presidential elections tend to drive higher turnout. But 65 percent of registered voters cast a ballot this fall, the best voter turnout since 1992.

More than 60 percent of people who voted in this year’s general election cast an absentee ballot, whether in-person or by mail. That’s by far the most ever, driven largely by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 also marks the first time in decades that every Hoosier county reported voter turnout of at least 50 percent.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.