Poor Voter Turnout in Northwest Indiana Primary Elections | State
Most residents of northwest Indiana decided last week to let others decide who should represent their preferred political party in the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
Unofficial election results show that not even 1 in 5 registered voters in nearly every county in northwest Indiana voted in the May 3 primary election — despite 28 days of early voting and 12 hours to vote on polling day.
Voter turnout in the area was lowest in Lake County, where only 12.68% of voters in the county participated in the Democratic or Republican primary.
That’s nearly half of Lake County’s 24% turnout in the delayed 2020 primary election, when all voters were allowed to vote by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2018, the last comparable primary election without a pandemic and without a presidential race on the ballot, Lake County’s voter turnout was 17%, records show.
Porter County, on the other hand, beat its 2018 turnout this year by drawing 16.57% of its registered voters to the polls.
Primary voter turnout in Porter County was 26% in 2020 and 14% in 2018, according to the Indiana Election Commission.
Turnout in LaPorte County this year essentially matched its 2018 primary turnout with 16% both years. LaPorte County saw 22% of registered voters participate in 2020.
Meanwhile, in Jasper County, located immediately south of Porter County, primary voter turnout this year fell to 17.45% after hitting 26% in 2020 and 2018.
Northwest Indiana’s voter turnout was highest in Newton County, immediately south of Lake County, at 25.35% for this year’s primary election.
Records show Newton County saw 27% of its registered voters vote in 2020 and 22% in 2018.
The secretary of state is expected to announce the official voter turnout for the statewide primary elections later this month.
Indiana’s primary turnout was 24% in 2020 and 20% in 2018, records show.
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Turnout was slow across much of northwest Indiana, which poll workers say is typical of an off-year primary election.