Election 2015

The Allen County Election Board prepared for a 30 percent voter turnout rate in this year’s election, but some are predicting it will be even lower.  

Here's one easy way to predict voter turnout: look at the year. Especially if it’s an odd-numbered year – one that features only local elections – turnout will likely be lower.

Another predictor is something people say they hate: partisanship. National races can be highly partisan, rallying voters to one side or another. Not so for many local elections.  

This election was the first year in which Allen County voters could cast their vote at satellite locations around the community.  While the turnout was higher than expected at these satellite locations, early voting in general may still be lower than the last off-year election.  

In previous elections, the only option voters had for early voting was to go downtown to the Rousseau Center or to mail in an absentee ballot.  This year, residents could also vote at selected library branches around the county.