It’s been a topic of discussion lately: low voter turnout for this year’s primaries. According to Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey, only 4,800 ballots were cast in early voting, which is only half the turnout from four years ago. Purdue Political Science Professor Jay McCann said there could be many reasons for the low turnout, but said one reason might be over looked: the new voting technology. “Sometimes the election machinery, there’s a kind of double edgeness there,” said McCann. “On the one hand, it’s more efficient, we know who’s winning, there might be some better reliability to it than hand counting. On the other hand, it is technology for some voters and it can be a little off-putting.” Yet, several voters, like John Richardson, said the new technology didn’t scare them off.Full Article: Low voter turnout might be due to new technology | WLFI - Tippecanoe County, Indiana.
May 10 2012