Voters have reasons for skipping primary elections


Just one in five Hoosiers registered to vote are expected to cast ballots in Tuesday's primary election.

Primary elections traditionally draw a much lower turnout at the polls than general elections. Election officials cite several different reasons and so do the stay-at-home voters.

With people enjoying lunch outside Tuesday afternoon, you can't blame the weather for voter turnout. Austin Glader blames his ambivalence on a low-key election.

"I just didn't really know what was going on. If I knew more about it, maybe I would more inclined to vote, but I just haven't been paying much attention," Glader said.

While Jacob Fritz said he votes in most other elections, he never votes in primaries.

"I'm not a Republican or a Democrat, and the fact they make you choose one side or the other when you come in is one of those things where I'll just step out and let the two parties do their thing," Fritz said.


McKinney said she never votes - period.

"First of all, I'm not educated on the politics enough to make a reasonable vote in my opinion, but also I don't think it really think my vote matters that much," she said.

Her friend Dimitri Morris said, "It's not that I don't believe that it makes an impact. It's just, I dunno, not my bag."

We also found people like Melanie Potter, a mother of six who's simply grown cynical.

"I think our politicians are bought and paid for and our vote doesn't count," Potter said.

Sharon Scott says she understands. She used to feel the same way,

"I've evolved. I can't complain about government or politics if I don't vote, so I feel like if I do vote, I have a right to complain," Scott laughed.