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Voter turnout low

by The Indiana Gazette on May 22, 2013 10:50 AM

Voter turnout was low on Tuesday, even for a local primary election.

Countywide, 5,611 Republicans went to the polls (23.5 percent), compared with 4,517 Democrats (18.3 percent). There are 23,890 registered Republicans and 24,595 registered Democrats.

In 2009, the last municipal election, turnout averaged about 24 percent.

Turnout on Tuesday was somewhat higher in White Township, where voters chose from among nine Republicans and three Democrats for tax collector.

The same was true in the Indiana Area School District, where 10 candidates were vying for four seats.

On the other end of the spectrum, less than 1 percent of registered voters in Indiana’s 3/1, cast a ballot — 0.99 percent of Republicans, or seven of 705, and 0.72 percent of Democrats, or 10 of 1,395.

That precinct is largely made up of Indiana University of Pennsylvania students, most of whom are home for summer break or have graduated.

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