Election

Record 3 million Hoosiers cast ballots for November election

Voters line up outside the Vigo County Annex in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Nov. 5, 2018, to take advantage of the final day of early voting. (Austen Leake/Tribune-Star via AP) Voters line up outside the Vigo County Annex in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Nov. 5, 2018, to take advantage of the final day of early voting. (Austen Leake/Tribune-Star via AP)

“We continue to see that candidates and issues drive turnout,” Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said in a statement. With more ballots cast than in 2008, 2012 or 2016, this was a record-setting year, Lawson said.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana. November 29, 2020 (AP) — A record 3 million people in Indiana cast their ballots for the Nov. 3 election, according to state officials. About 65%, or 3,068,542 of Indiana’s some 4.7 million registered voters, cast a vote in this year’s General Election. That’s the highest since presidential election since the 1992 election, when Bill Clinton unseated President George H.W. Bush. That year, 74% of registered Hoosiers voted.

“We continue to see that candidates and issues drive turnout,” Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said in a statement. “Presidential elections tend to have higher turnout rates. That held true this year.” With more ballots cast than in 2008, 2012 or 2016, this was a record-setting year, Lawson said. In 2016 and 2012, 58% of registered Hoosiers voted in the General Election. In 2008, voter turnout was at 62%.

Absentee voting also increased dramatically as 61% of of those who voted — 1.9 million Hoosiers — cast their ballots in early voting or by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the June primary, 51% of registered voters, or 552,779 people, voted absentee. In the 2016 General Election, 33% of Indiana voters used the absentee option. In 2012, 22% voted absentee.

Of Indiana’s 92 counties, Hamilton and Wells counties had the highest turnout with 75%, according to the secretary of state’s county-by-county voter turnout report. Greene, Hancock and Whitley counties had 74% turnout. Marion County, which includes Indianapolis, recorded a 59% voter turnout.