Early voting numbers indicate low voter turnout in Marion County

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MARION COUNTY, Ind. (May 5, 2015) — Inside the Marion County Election Service Center, workers are counting absentee ballots, taking calls from both poll workers and voters, while handling anything from supply to machine issues throughout the day.  But it could be a calm day at most polling centers if early voting numbers are any indication.

So far, just one hiccup Tuesday morning: Officials say the polling location at roughly 23rd and Park opened late, but workers say the issue was resolved there and everything is running smooth now.

The state of Indiana had a 9% turnout in the Municipal Primary Election four years ago, according to our news gathering partners at The Indianapolis Star.

In Marion County, officials say voter turnout was 13% for the last mayoral race in 2011. This election, if early voting numbers are any indication, turnout could be lower.

“The early voting numbers in 2011 were roughly 4,800 people, this year there were roughly 3,800 who voted early,” said Russell Hollis, Deputy Director for the Marion Co. Clerk.

There’s about 300 polling places in Marion County for about 600 precincts. If you have questions about where you should go to vote today, you can call 317-327-VOTE.

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