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Sunday, June 23, 2019 1:00 am

13% of eligible Hoosiers took part in primary

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Voter turnout for the primary election ranged from 2% to 35% among Hoosier counties, according to data the Indiana secretary of state's office released.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced last week that 13% of eligible Hoosiers voted in the May 7 municipal primary election.

Allen County's voter turnout was 14%.

Not all Hoosier voters are eligible to vote in municipal elections. Only voters who live in a city or town with an election this year or in a school corporation conducting a construction or tax levy referendum are eligible to vote. Twenty-three counties did not have a primary.

“Congratulations to Martin County and Rush County for posting the highest turnout in the state with 35% each,” Lawson said. “I hope to see more counties have a higher turnout rate this fall. When Hoosier voters are engaged, it benefits the entire state, and I will continue to leverage the resources of my office to ensure fair and accessible elections in every Indiana county.”

Here is how other northeast Indiana fared with primary election turnout:

• DeKalb – 27%

• Huntington – 25%

• Kosciusko – 18%

• Noble – 9%

• Steuben – 6%

• Wabash – 10%

• Wells – 20%

Voter registration is open until Oct. 7 for the Nov. 5 municipal general election. Go to www.indianavoters.in.gov for more information.

Lugar tribute

Indiana's U.S. senators announced last week that they would introduce an amendment to the 2020 defense authorization bill that would have the Navy name a warship after former Indiana senator Richard Lugar, who died April 28.

The amendment by Republican Sens. Todd Young and Mike Braun would name the next unnamed Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer in honor of Lugar, who as a Navy officer in the 1950s was an intelligence briefer to Adm. Arleigh Burke, then the chief of naval operations.

Young and Braun said in a joint statement that Lugar was a leader of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which has deactivated thousands of nuclear and chemical weapons in former Soviet states.

“At a time when nuclear proliferation was civilization's greatest threat, Senator Lugar helped save the world,” Young said. “It is fitting that the Navy honor his legacy by naming one of their warships after this dedicated statesman who helped change the course of history.”

Braun called Lugar “a towering figure in Hoosier history, one of the greatest statesmen ever to serve in the U.S. Senate.”

Democrats plan picnic

The Allen County Democratic Party will have its annual summer picnic July 12 at party headquarters, 7301 Decatur Road, Fort Wayne.

The picnic will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature a cornhole tournament, children's games and an all-you-can-eat chili dog bar for $5 a person.

To reach Political Notebook by email, contact Brian Francisco at bfrancisco@jg.net or Niki Kelly at nkelly@jg.net. An expanded Political Notebook can be found as a daily blog at www.journalgazette.net/politicalnotebook.