Local Voter Turnout Exceeds State Average


Voter turnout in Starke and Pulaski Counties during the Nov. 3 Municipal General Election exceeded the statewide average. That’s according to data released this week by Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson.

She says 20.5 percent of Hoosiers eligible to vote in the election cast ballots. By the numbers that’s nearly 600,000 of more than 2.7 million people. Only voters who live in a city or town with an election this year or in a school corporation conducting a construction or tax levy referendum were eligible to vote.

Knox, Hamlet, North Judson and Medaryville had municipal elections. The biggest draw, however, was the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation general fund property tax referendum. Voters who live within the school district rejected the tax hike by a two-to-one margin. The district includes Wayne, Jackson, Railroad and California Township Precinct 2 in Starke County and Cass and Rich Grove Townships in Pulaski County.

In Starke County, 2,295 of 9,067 eligible voters cast ballots, for a turnout of 25.3 percent. That percentage was even higher in Pulaski County, where 28.8 percent of eligible voters exercised that right. That comes out to 299 of 1,037 eligible voters casting ballots.