Assessing Voter Turnout

By Max Resnik

November 8, 2011 Updated Nov 8, 2011 at 10:31 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – According to Allen County Election Board President Zach Klutz, voter turnout was among the lowest in recent memory with approximately 26 percent voter turnout.

Klutz says close to 49,000 Fort Wayne residents participated in the election. He attributes the low turnout to the contentious Fort Wayne Mayoral Election between the now re-elected Democrat Mayor Tom Henry and challenger Republican Paula Hughes.
Andy Boxberger, Vice President of the Allen County Election Board, and Zach Klutz, President of the Allen County Election Board, both say that voter turnout is typically the last number assessed in an election.

According to both, couriers working for the election board who visit precincts to collect absentee ballots reported a “steady” flow of voters throughout the day.

They say it is too early and too difficult to speculate on voter turnout this year.

In 1999 voter turnout in the municipal election reached 42 percent according to the election board. It is a number that some have speculated could be matched with the heavily contentious race between incumbent Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry (D) and challengers Paula Hughes (R) and Haley Ahrendt (I).

Only one issue stood out on Election Day according to Boxberger. He said some voters were having trouble accessing the Spring St. precinct due to construction.

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