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home : local news : local news July 29, 2017

4/7/2017 11:08:00 AM
Election turnout low, but still better than '15
Turnout for Tuesday's consolidated election, while still low, was greatly improved from two years ago.

Of 13,122 registered votes living in Crawford County, 3,106 participated in the process to elect municipal, township and school officials. Turnout was 23.67 percent.

"It's not great, but it's better than in 2015," Crawford County Clerk Fayrene Wright said. She added she was happy that more than 3,000 voters cast ballots.

Turnout in 2015 was the lowest for an election of its kind in a decade. Only 10.25 percent of the county's 14,365 registered voters - 1,472 people - cast ballots.

The highest turnout Tuesday was in Robinson 6. A total of 331 voters, or almost 35 percent of the 950 registered, participated. The lowest was in Oblong 1, where turnout was 9.15 percent.

This was also an improvement from two years ago. Then, 13 of the county's 24 precincts reported turnout percentages of less than 10 percent. The lowest was 3.44 perent in Robinson 7. Only 19 of the 553 registered voters there participated.

The highest turnout was in LaMotte 1. There, 171 of the 881 registered voters - or 19.41 percent - cast ballots.

Wright pointed out consolidated elections are just as important as state and federal ones because they determine who will be making decisions on how to spend local tax dollars on a daily basis.

On the other hand, they are less complicated to deal with than federal elections. Wright said no touch screen voting was required, meaning "one less thing to break down."

The election went smoothly and Wright praised election judges for doing "a great job."

The first results arrived at her office about 7:15 p.m. and the final ballots, from Licking Township, arrived at 8:20 p.m.

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