Sunday May 8, 2016
Elections came to Indiana, generating a huge turnout locally (as primaries go). Now they’re gone, at least until the November general election.
Election Day, last Tuesday, was a wild ride, and Elkhart Truth staffers, myself included, fed a live online blog throughout the day with tweets (50 or so), Instagram pictures and more, giving the public a sense of what was going on here locally during polling, in real time. The presidential contest in Indiana was big news, but my focus was on local races.
I traveled to several polling places, speaking to poll workers, candidates and voters. I also called election officials. Here’s a taste of some of my contributions to the blog:
Here’s a table I pulled together showing the spike in turnout relative to prior Elkhart County primaries (click the table for a link to an interactive version):
Here are links to two of the election stories I did:
- Elkhart County voters mob to the polls, break 2008 turnout figure, May 3, 2016
- Ted Cruz won Elkhart County (though he lost Indiana), Ben Carson garnered 278 votes and other election notes, May 5, 2016