Lebanon Reporter

November 7, 2012

Boone sees record voter turnout

By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor

Boone County — Nearly two-thirds of Boone County’s registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday, Nov. 6’s election, 578 more than in 2008.

This year 66 percent of the 42,654 registered voters participated; in 2008, 73 percent of the 36,742 registered voters went to polls.

A hint that the turnout would exceed 2008’s came with absentee ballots; 8,451 people chose that option this year, compared to 7,927 in 2008.

More than half as many people — more than 4,000 — came to the Boone County Courthouse to vote early as cast absentee votes in the last presidential election.

Voters waited in line for up to two hours in Zionsville Tuesday; some voters waited 50 minutes to vote in Whitestown.

The lines could make people more likely to use vote centers in the next election, in 2014, Boone County Republican Party Chairwoman Debbie Ottinger said.

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