Who knows how much
more meager voter turnout might have been in Porter County on Tuesday if
there hadnít been the Boone Township school referendum.
referendum, only 10.99 percent of registered voters bothered to show up at
the polls. That compares to 15.34 percent in the last midterm election in
2010 and to around 20 percent in the midterm election in 2006.
Hurting turnout was
the lack of a meaningful primary race on the Democrat side, where there were
only Dave Reynolds and the quixotic Harold Lush vying for the nomination for
Sheriff. Democrats pulled an anemic 38.13 percent of the ballots on Tuesday,
compared to the 59.03 percent pulled by Republicans. And 2.84 percent of the
voters--367--pulled non-partisan ballots, just to vote in the Boone Township
By way of
comparison, Democrats pulled 48.67 percent of the ballots in the 2010
primary, compared to 50.56 percent by Republicans; and fully 53.05 percent
of the ballots in the 2006 primary, compared to 46.23 percent by
Despite the hotly
contested race in Duneland--Kyle Yeltonís challenge of incumbent Jim Biggs
for the latterís 1st District seat on the Porter County Council--voter
turnout here was even slightly lower than countywide. Of the 27,562 voters
in Dunelandís 30 precincts, only 2,831 or 10.27 percent voted.
For the record,
voters in Boone Township narrowly supported a new property tax to fund the
school corporation, 865 yes votes to 842 no. The same referendum failed in