Indiana early voter turnout is down

Nov 5, 2012

Voter turnout in Indiana has gone up in three consecutive presidential election years, including 2008’s record high.  Indiana’s Secretary of State says she’s hoping for another record this year, but some political watchers say that’s unlikely.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson says early voting has been strong so far, but she says early voting this year is a little off from the last presidential election.

“Compared to this time in the election process in 2008, we’re about 85 thousand ballots behind what we were in 2008,” Lawson said.

Political analyst Ed Feigenbaum says the Obama campaign in 2008 conducted what he calls unprecedented Get Out the Vote efforts, something he hasn’t seen from any candidate this election cycle.

“You’re certainly not going to have the same kind of effort in terms of dragging people out and that means some of the less committed people are going to be left by the wayside,” Feigenbaum said.

Feigenbaum says turnout will almost certainly be lower than it was four years ago.