Voter turnout


On November 14, WBOI hosted our quarterly Issues & Ales panel discussions at Joseph Decuis in downtown Roanoke.

Our first hour focused on recapping the 2018 midterm elections, and what the results mean for politics and government in the Trump era. 

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Tuesday was primary election day in northeast Indiana. Ballots for voters around the region are headlined by either a GOP senate primary or a Democratic race for district three.



Tom Arthur from Orange, CA, United States, via Wikimedia Commons

This year, early voting has been up across the country. WBOI’s Zach Bernard and Lisa Ryan visited early voting locations in Northeast Indiana to see if they’re experiencing a similar trend.

Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Tuesday is primary election day in Allen County and across the state.  

Indiana made national news last year for its low voter turnout in the general election, which included statehouse and congressional seats.

Voter turnout is historically low for primary elections, and even worse for municipals.

Nationally, municipal turnout wavers around 20 percent. Back in 2011, less than 13 percent of those registered to vote in Allen County showed up at the polls. That’s about twenty four thousand people.

So, what can we expect this time around?

State of Indiana

Leaders of “good government” groups say Indiana can’t wait any longer to explore changing the way it redraws its legislative maps every ten years. 

Indiana’s voter turnout in the last election was the lowest in its history and the worst in the country.  Common Cause Indiana’s Julia Vaughn says that’s in part because voters don’t have enough choices,  noting that 44 out of the 100 state Representatives ran unopposed.