Only 15 to 18 Percent of Marion County Voters Expected to Vote TuesdayMarion County Clerk Steve Fox is projecting an extremely low voter turnout for Tuesday's primary election.
Fox says the lack of local races appears to be keeping interest low. "I'm anticipating probably between 15 to 18 percent turnout for this election. We're basing that off our absentee and early voting comparing it to past years. It seems to be down again. We're not seeing a lot of voter interest at the present time," said Fox.
Fox reported 120 took advantage of early voting and only 100 absentee ballots were cast by mail. He says the four-way Republican race for Governor appears to be attracting the most interest. There is also a race on the Republican ticket for State Treasurer and for U.S. Senator. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is facing competition from Tio Hardiman in his re-election bid.
Locally, Marion, Clinton, Washington and Jefferson County voters have a contested Republican primary for Regional Superintendent of Schools between Jacob Purcell and current Jefferson-Hamilton County Regional Superintendent Ron Daniels.
Two candidates are seeking the one opening on the Democratic ticket to represent District three on the county board. The candidates are Robert Schnicker and David Boatright.
Residents of Alma, Kell and Wamac will vote on electric aggregation designed to lower electric bills for residential and small business customers.
Odin school district residents will vote on a debt service proposition that will allow the recently consolidated school district to have bonding authority.
Fox is expecting some confusion at the polling places because of a state law that requires voters to be notified when they do not vote for every office. He reports that will be especially a problem in county board district one where only one Democrat is running for two open seats.
"The paper ballot machine is going to kick the ballot back out and give you a message on the screen that says you have under voted. You have two choices. You can either take that original ballot and return to the voting booth and go ahead vote for the office you did not. Or you can ask the election judge to process the ballot with the understanding that you didn't want to vote for that office. They will go ahead and press the 'yes' vote on the machine and the ballot can then be put in by the voter and it can be sent on through," said Fox.
Polls will open at six Tuesday morning and remain open until seven Tuesday night. WJBD will provide complete election coverage Tuesday evening on the state and local level.
In neighboring counties, there are contested Republican and Democratic primaries for 115th District House seat in Jefferson County. Democrats Bill Kilquist and Tony Mayville and Republican's Terri Bryan and Robert 'Bob' White are seeking to replace Mike Bost who is running for 12th District congressman.
In Jefferson County, six candidates are seeking the sheriff's nomination. Incumbent Sheriff Roger Mulch is being challenged in the Democratic primary by R. Joseph Porter, Junior and Travis Allen. John Lewis, John Scott and David Morris are seeking the Republican nomination.
In Washington County, Danny Bradac and Michael Renth are seeking the Republican nomination for Sheriff to face incumbent Democrat Harry Berger in the November election.
In Fayette County, four candidates are seeking the sheriff's job. They are Bruce Bowen, Chris Smith, Brent Ellis and Brad Ledbetter. Current incumbent Republican sheriff Aaron Lay is not seeking relecton. Two Republicans are seeking the county clerk's job. They are Vicky Conder and Barbara Schaal.
Residents in Irvington, Farina, Richview, DuBois, Venedy, Addieville and unincorporated Jefferson County will also vote on electric aggregation.
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