Indiana Voter Turnout in Three Charts


The Secretary of State’s office has released voter turnout statistics for the 2016 Primary Election.

As it turns out (#seewhatididthere), 38 percent of registered voters actually came to cast a ballot on May 3 (or before May 3 in the case of the 16% who voted absentee).

But is that good or bad for Indiana? Is it good or bad for the nation as a whole? Well, we’re here to explain.

It was quite a good year, historically speaking, for a Primary. Looking back over the last 26 years, it’s only been topped by 2008. It was far better than 2014 anomaly election, when nobody was on the ballot.

Indiana also caught a lot of national heat for our historically low turnout in 2014. Based on those results, some have called for Election Day reforms that will increase the number of voters who will come to the polls. 

When you look at 2016, however, Indiana fared fairly well. We looked at the turnout statistics in each state that had Primary elections for both parties on the same day (we did not count caucuses, which have a much lower turnout). Indiana had the 8th highest turnout among the 28 states where statistics are available. 

Louisiana had a miserable 18% turnout. (I don’t know who was on the ballot in that state, but for what it’s worth, Louisiana has longer hours and a non-strict voter ID law). New Hampshire had the highest turnout and was the only state to top 50%. No surprise given their first-in-the-nation pride.

Finally, if you’re wondering what turnout was like in your county, we’re here to help. The chart below is sorted from highest to lowest.

County Turnout County Tournout
Vermillion 51.13% Jackson 39.94%
Whitley 49.35% Warrick 39.93%
Decatur 47.69% Spencer 39.84%
Brown 47.67% Johnson 39.84%
Posey 47.14% Porter 39.83%
Hamilton 46.98% Perry 39.78%
Hendricks 46.79% Randolph 39.43%
Adams 46.63% Jefferson 39.29%
Wells 46.35% Jasper 39.18%
Cass 46.24% Lawrence 38.87%
Jay 45.67% Putnam 38.61%
Rush 45.31% Madison 38.07%
Greene 45.31% DeKalb 37.95%
Henry 45.28% Jennings 37.94%
Fulton 43.79% Floyd 37.51%
Benton 43.26% Noble 37.50%
Fountain 43.12% Ripley 37.31%
Tipton 42.90% Crawford 37.02%
Morgan 42.88% Howard 37.00%
Dubois 42.84% Fayette 36.84%
Sullivan 42.81% Allen 36.42%
Wabash 42.79% Franklin 36.34%
Montgomery 42.64% Washington 36.32%
Boone 42.41% Orange 36.20%
Warren 42.31% Grant 35.88%
Knox 42.24% Tippecanoe 35.73%
Clinton 42.12% Vigo 35.49%
Steuben 42.02% Monroe 35.31%
Huntington 42.01% La Porte 35.24%
Gibson 41.96% Miami 35.00%
Pike 41.78% Blackford 34.79%
Martin 41.73% Wayne 34.58%
Carroll 41.37% Elkhart 34.55%
Marshall 41.28% Starke 34.54%
Bartholomew 41.24% Delaware 34.44%
Pulaski 41.23% Lake 34.37%
White 41.17% St. Joseph 34.12%
Harrison 41.12% Newton 33.95%
Kosciusko 41.01% Ohio 33.50%
Owen 40.96% Dearborn 33.42%
Hancock 40.95% Marion 32.70%
LaGrange 40.81% Clark 32.28%
Clay 40.67% Union 32.27%
Shelby 40.60% Vanderburgh 31.92%
Daviess 40.14% Switzerland 31.13%
Parke 40.10% Scott 29.83%

Enjoy the data!

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