WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – Several Wabash Valley County Clerk Office’s told channel 2 the number of early voters and individuals that cast their ballots on May 3rd, was significantly lower than in years past.
Vigo County Clerk Brad Newman said despite the multiple locations available for voters to access the polls early, the turnout was relatively low.
“We had 6,467 early votes, and comparatively we’ve always had more,” Newman said.
Sullivan County said their voter turnout out has been relatively low this primary election as well.
“In Sullivan we had 584 in-person early voters and 728 absentee votes, the numbers are lower than usual,” Sullivan County Clerk’s Office said.
Newman said counties clerks that surround the Wabash Valley all communicated in an email chain about the low voter turnout in the primary this year.
“We have a thread where we can all talk in real-time on election day,” Newman said. “Counties larger than Vigo didn’t have the turnout we had election morning, and that shocked me.”
While several counties saw lower voter turnout in this year’s primary, Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan said many voters had more security on this years’ primary.
“We’ve just increased voter security on the absentee applications that we used prior May 3rd,” Sullivan said. “On election day we implemented voter verified paper trails in all of our counties.”
Holli Sullivan made stops to talk with election administrators across the state on election day, included in those stops was none other than Terre Haute.
“We had over 8,000 hoosiers that put their name into filing for a position in some way over 92 counties in out state,” Sullivan said. “It’s great to recognize the local hero’s and hear from them.”
A higher voter turnout in the Wabash Valley and statewide is expected for the election this fall.
The 2022 May Primary Election Results are updated on our site.