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Turnout up nearly 50 percent vs. 2014 primary

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

According to reports from poll workers and candidates who visited the various Vote Centers Tuesday, turnout was steady at most locations, with some just being slower than others.

According to the Indiana Election Division, there were 19,788 registered Clinton County residents eligible to vote in the 2014 primary election, but only 3,786, or 19 percent, cast ballots. Most of those people – 83 percent or 3,161, voted in person, and 17 percent, or 625, cast absentee-by-mail or absentee-in-person ballots.

Due to the clean up of the registration rolls by the Indiana Secretary of State’s office, the county had nearly 1,087 fewer eligible voters, with 18,701 adults 18 years and older on the registration roles.

Compared to 2014, in this year’s primary, the number of local people going to the polls to express their preferences was up 39 percent with 5,265 people casting votes. 

Polling statistics released by the Clinton County Clerk’s Office also suggested that residents are becoming more comfortable with voting absentee, or early. Thirty percent of the electorate visited a Vote Center before May 8, or 1,560 people, nearly double the percentage of people voting early in Indiana’s previous primary.

See the following tallies for the final results.