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‘No correlation’ between early voting and voter turnout, secretary of state says

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As far as Secretary of State Connie Lawson is concerned, the candidates and the issues, not necessarily the number of early polling sites, drive voter turnout. Rather, she said to a group of lawmakers Wednesday at the Interim Study Committee on Elections, early voting benefits people who vote in […]

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Record voter turnout in 2016

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Of Indiana’s 4.8 million registered voters, 58 percent cast a ballot in the November general election. According to a report from the Secretary of State’s office, that makes 2016 a record setting year with 2,807,676 Hoosiers casting a ballot, more than in 2008 and 2012. The report, however, said this […]

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Rally goers call for the end of gerrymandering

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Thursday, members of the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting held a rally to call for the end of gerrymandering in the state. On the birthday of the grandfather of gerrymandering, Elbridge Gerry, the coalition spoke out against it. “If Hoosiers want good government, we’ve got to start with redistricting […]

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Turnout likely low for Tuesday’s election

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com Midterm elections typically have lower voter turnouts and Tuesday isn’t likely to break the trend. In fact, University of Evansville political science professor Robert Dion said the numbers could be even smaller than in the past because there are few prominent races on the ballot in Indiana. “Typical things that drive […]

Commentary: Myths of voter turnout

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Commentary: Myths of voter turnout

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Commentators and candidates deplore low turn out of voters, such as for Indiana’s recent primaries. Sadly for those who pontificate about voting habits, no person has offered proof that our democracy is threatened by low turnout, or that high turnout changes results. Odds are small that voter turnout is important, or […]