County clerks look ahead to November, despite low primary turn-out

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VIGO Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — On primary election night, more than 18,000 ballots were cast in-person or mailed in Vigo County.

Clerk Brad Newman said the turnout was lower than he expected.

“This is one of those times where you have a little introspect and look back and wonder ‘what could I have done different,” he said.

However said he said he expects more voters in November.

“I still think it will be the largest election we’ve ever seen in the county. I think you’re going to see 40,000 votes.”

In Knox County, Clerk David Shelton said out of the more than 24,000 registered voters, only 7,200 residents cast ballots.

“We just had three local contested races, so the interest was just not there this year,” he said.

Shelton said between Primary Day and looking ahead to November his biggest concern is retaining poll workers.

“The average age of a poll worker in Indiana is 72 years of age. That’s the prime demographic that needs to be careful through this pandemic,” he said.

Despite the low turnout, both clerks said Tuesday’s election was a success.

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