Allen County Tallies Early Voting Figures

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 18, 2010 Updated May 4, 2010 at 2:30 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- If you want an idea of what turnout for Tuesday’s primary election might look like, early or absentee voting figures can provide some insight.

Early voting at Allen County’s election offices cut off at noon on Monday.

When you combine in-office voting with absentee ballots mailed in, you get an early voting total.

1,218 people cast ballots at election headquarters in the City-County Building.

As of noon Monday, 1,439 absentee ballots had been returned to the Allen County Election Board.

Elections officials said the 2,657 total represented a slight drop-off from 2006.

One of the reasons it may seem quiet during the run-up to this primary, is that just two years ago, when we were nominating presidential candidates, participation was off the charts.

Beth Dlug/Allen County Director of Elections: " There were some days that we voted as much in a day as we voted for the month this election. We're a little under what we had projected for this time."

The totals for in-office voting alone for the May 2008 Primary came in at 5,045.

That set records for early voting in Allen County.

Turnout is always bigger for presidential elections, so the more fair comparison would be to May 2006.

Elections officials are forecasting an Election Day turnout of somewhere between 15 and 20 percent.

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