Voter turnout was up 46 percent compared to the last midterm primary, a return to typical turnout levels. This year, more absentee ballots were cast than ever, making up of a fifth of all votes.
Indianapolis and Anderson were the region’s urban centers in 1970. Three-quarters of the population lived in those counties. Now, just over half the population live there, and Hamilton County is the second largest urban center.
In 1970, half of the region’s Black population lived in 12 square miles north of downtown Indianapolis. As Black residents moved into ’60s suburban communities, 120,000 White residents left the city’s core for newer suburbs.