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Voter turnout typical for state

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Clay County's 25.3 percent voter turnout was typical for Indiana.

"Not since 1996 have more than 30 percent of registered voters cast ballots in primaries," The Associated Press reported Tuesday night (see story, page 5).

But Clay County had a greater turnout than Putnam County's 16 percent.

Brazil's own Andy Thomas seems to have found a second home in Putnam County. He was the second-highest vote getter in Putnam County. Only unopposed Republican Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter received more votes than did Thomas.

In Clay County, several candidates received more votes in the primary than Thomas' 990 votes.

Thomas was unopposed in the Republican primary for State Rep. District 44. The Democrats did not field a candidate for the primary, though they certainly will for the Nov. 7 general election.

Very few glitches were reported in the voting system in Clay County Tuesday.

One small problem appeared to be a misunderstanding about the new voter ID law.

Early in the morning, one Brazil resident, Leo Southworth, 216 W. Ridge St., sent The Brazil Times an e-mail complaining about the new voter ID law.

"While the law states that a military ID card can be used, officer, military retirees and 100 percent disabled veterans, such as I, are issued ID cards that have no specified expiration date," he wrote.

Later, Southworth clarified his complaint.

"I was not denied voting, but I had to produce a second ID, which I had with me," he said. "But, if you're a quadriplegic, what other ID do you need?"

The military ID should be as good as a passport, Southworth said.

However, after Southworth voted, Clay County Clerk Mary Brown told The Brazil Times the military ID issue has been addressed by the state. Even though the IDs do not carry expiration dates, there is a box marked "INDEF," meaning the expiration date is indefinite.

"Those cards will be accepted for identification," Brown said.

If voters did not have the proper ID, they were given a provisional ballot, Brown said. They will have 10 days to produce acceptable ID to make their ballots count in the election.

The few provisional ballots cast were not expected to change the election outcome in any race.

The state's Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches opened Monday, a day they are usually closed and had extended hours Tuesday to provide free photo IDs for voters.

About a third of the Brazil BMV branch business Monday and Tuesday was to make the free IDs, said Manager Georgia Day. The branch passed out about 20 IDs.

Greencastle Banner-Graphic Editor Lisa Meyer-Trigg and Times Reporter Ivy Herron contributed to this report.

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