Rokita Releases Primary Election Turnout Statistics

Contact: Cam Savage

Indianapolis, IN - Secretary of State Todd Rokita released today voter registration and turnout statistics from the Primary Election held on Tuesday, May 4, 2004.

"Statewide turnout in the primary this year was consistent with 2000 and 2002 levels," Rokita said. "However, I am particularly pleased that turnout in certain counties was noticeably higher in 2004 than in other recent primary elections."

In the 2004 primary 887,592 of 4,162,606, about 21 percent, of registered voters cast ballots. About six percent of those votes, or 56,521, were cast in the form of absentee ballots. Counties with particularly high voter turnout included Martin and Benton with 45 percent and 36 percent respectively.

Rokita said actual turnout percentages in most counties are likely higher than the statistics indicate because the voter rolls are inflated with the names of voters who are deceased or no longer living in that county. The National Voter Registration Act makes it very difficult to remove voters from the poll lists.

This year, Rokita successfully lobbied the Indiana General Assembly to pass a law allowing counties to conduct their own voter list maintenance programs within the boundaries of the strict National Voter Registration Act. Rokita's office is also working this summer to eliminate duplicate registrations statewide. By January 1, 2006, Secretary Rokita will launch Indiana's Statewide Voter Registration System that will, for the first time, merge all 92 county voter registration databases together in real-time and link to it databases from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Social Security Administration and the Indiana Departments of Health and Corrections.

Currently, voter registration lists are maintained separately in each of Indiana's counties. By linking the statewide voter registration system to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Social Security Administration and the Indiana Departments of Health and Corrections, state and local voter registration officials will know in real-time when a voter alters his/her voter registration, changes residences, is incarcerated or dies. The statewide voter registration system will create a single, accurate list of registered voters.

Primary Election turnout and registration statistics from previous elections dating back to 1954 are available online from the Secretary of State's office.