Low Voter Turnout Predicted in Tuesday Election
Cities, villages, townships and school districts are electing new members. There are contested contests for city council in both Salem and Centralia. There are contested Mayoral races in Kell, Odin, Patoka, Sandoval, Kinmundy, and Junction City. Kinmundy residents are voting if alcohol should be permitted to be sold in the community.
Unincorporated Marion County, Central City, Iuka, Junction City, Odin, Patoka and Sandoval are voting on electric aggregation. The aggregation will allow the consultants working with the local units of government to seek bulk purchase prices on the electric needs of residents and small businesses on the Ameren system. Salem and Centralia approved the electric aggregation in November and are already enjoying lower rates. While Tri-County Electric customers can vote on the electric aggregation, they are not allowed to participate in the program.
Despite the number of races, Marion County Clerk Steve Fox is not expecting a big turnout. "I'd say for the whole county we're looking at 15 to 20 percent. Of course, you'll have pockets that have bigger turnouts. Probably the Salem area with the township and school districts. I think Kinmundy has some referendums that might draw some voters. But it looking like a lower turnout based on early voting," said Fox.
You can see the entire election ballot for Marion County by clicking here. Fox is hoping the votes will be counted early. You can hear complete election night returns on WJBD-FM 100.1 or streaming on WJBDradio.com.
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