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Will County elections register 16 percent voter turnout

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 6:16 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:39 p.m. CDT

WILL COUNTY – Less than a quarter of registered Will County voters made it to their local polls, according to Will County Clerk Nancy Schutz Voots.

Schutz Voots estimated that about 18 percent of registered voters would come to local polling stations, but when polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, only 16.84 percent of registered voters, 66,087 ballots, were casted.

The Will County Clerk expected voting would pickup before the polls closed; an 18 percent turnout would have been on par with recent elections, she said.

"The 18 percent mark is right where we stood for our last two or three elections," Schutz Voots said. "I hoped it would be higher because the township elections are the ones that directly impact residents; but, right now, 18 percent turnout is where we stand."

While presidential elections generally draw a 75 percent Will County turnout, according to Schutz Voots, the problem remains finding a way to get younger generations to vote in local elections.

"Most of the people who vote in these elections are at least 40 years old," Schutz Voots said. 'Unfortunately, that trend has not changed this year."

Absentee and provisional ballots will be tallied within two weeks.

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