Indiana sees highest voter turnout in nearly 30 years

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV)Indiana saw its highest voter turnout in nearly three decades during the 2020 General Election, according to Secretary of State Connie Lawson.

“We continue to see that candidates and issues drive turnout,” Lawson said. “Presidential elections tend to have higher turnout rates. That held true this year with 65% of Hoosiers turning out to vote, the highest percentage we’ve seen since 1992.”

Hamilton and Wells counties had the highest turnout in the state, at 75%. They were followed by Greene, Hancock and Whitley, at 74%.

Greene had 65% turnout in 2016. Vermillion County had high turnout in both 2020 and 2016 — 73% this year, 70% in 2016.

Elsewhere throughout the Wabash Valley, Vigo County tallied 60% voter turnout, up from 2016’s 51%, with 79% participating in absentee or early voting, one of the highest absentee/early voting percentages in Indiana.

Sullivan County had 65% turnout, up from 59% in 2016. Clay County saw 66% voter turnout, up from 2016’s 59%. Martin County was at 68% turnout, up from 2016’s 62%.

Parke County was at 67% turnout, up from 56% in 2016. Daviess County’s numbers were similar — 67% turnout in 2020, 57% in 2016. Knox’s percentages for 2020 and 2016 were 66% and 59%, respectively.

The 2020 General Election Turnout and Absentee report was compiled by the Secretary of State’s office using voter data gathered in Indiana’s 92 counties.

In 2016 and 2012, voter turnout was at 58%. In 2008, 62% of registered Hoosiers voted in the General Election. This was a record setting year, with 3,068,578 Hoosiers casting a ballot, more than in 2008, 2012 or 2016.

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