Absentee ballots double normal amount in Lake County Primary Election

The number of absentee ballots cast in Lake County in Tuesday’s Primary election more than doubled this year than in previous elections.  Lake County Auditor Bobbi Janke told Lake County Commissioners during their meeting Thursday that 1552 absentee ballots were cast in Tuesday’s election, which accounted for 57-percent of all the ballots cast in the election.  She said that absentee ballots normally total around 28-percent.  

Overall, Lake County’s voter turnout in the Primary election was 31-point-4-percent.  Commissioners on Thursday canvassed the votes from the election with no changes made to any of the totals. 

The Secretary of State’s Office mailed absentee ballot applications to all registered voters in the state to reduce the number of people heading to the polls on Election Day because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Janke said that helped increase the numbers. 

The Madison City and Madison Central School Board election was postponed from April because of the pandemic, so they worked with Janke to plan holding the two elections at the same time.  Janke said that her office also handled the absentee ballots for the city and school board election.  

Janke said the pandemic also meant several new election workers.

Janke said a number of election workers worked during the day in the courthouse also organizing and tabulating the absentee ballots, including a counting board that counted all the ballots for the City and School Board elections.  Janke said that having the elections at the same time contributed to a better voter turnout for those elections also.  Voter turnout in both the Madison City and Madison Central School Board elections was close to 30-percent.  

Statewide, the Secretary of State’s Office reports voter turnout in Tuesday’s election at just more than 28-percent.  Almost 89-thousand absentee ballots were cast statewide in the election.