Floyd County Clerk Sees Drastically Lower Voter Turnout

by scrosby on May 3, 2010

by Stephanie Crosby

Despite contested races in the ninth congressional district and a statewide Republican U.S. Senate contest in Indiana, the Floyd County clerk says officials are seeing surprisingly low voter turnout in absentee and early voting. Indiana’s primary election is tomorrow.

Linda Moeller says even though the political climate in the nation’s capital is heated, it isn’t transferring to southeastern Indiana.

“We’re not feeling it so far,” says Moeller. “I think everybody was so active in the ’08 election, and I don’t know where they are now, even some of them. This isn’t even a normal county election for us, this is very, very slow, this is totally un- we didn’t expect this at all.”

Moeller say in the presidential primary two years ago, her office received about seven-thousand early and absentee votes. This year, they’ve received 400.

At the statewide level, the Secretary of State’s office reported last week they were seeing early and absentee balloting number similar to the primary elections of 2006 and 2004, but not as high as in 2008.

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