Illinois sees low voter turnout


CRAWFORD COUNTY, IL (WTHI) — Not surprising to some who oversee county elections, voter turnout was low today in Illinois’ primary election.

“I was expecting like 14 to 16 percent, maybe (voter turnout),” said Carrie Downey, clerk-recorder in Clark County, IL. “But it might not be that! It might be less even!”

Downey admitted that a lack-luster voting ballot in her county did not help matters; Clark County isn’t seeing any hotly-contested, closely watched races this season, in other words.

Nearby Crawford County, where Robinson is the county seat, should be looking forward to an exciting sheriff’s race this fall, said Patricia Lycan, clerk and recorder of that county.

Lycan even spent money from her own pocket hoping to stir enthusiasm among voters with radio ads.

Neither Lycan nor Downey had their hopes set too high on a busy primary election day.

“This is a primary election! Primaries are noted for low turnout,” Lycan admitted. “We are noted for — well, not us but — primaries are noted for low turnout! And we would encourage each and every one of you to get out and vote! Or, cast your ballot today!”

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