Election officials: Voter turnout was sparse in primary

News-DemocratMarch 19, 2014 

Voter turnout was light for Tuesday's primary election, according to unofficial voting results.

St. Clair County officials report 24,436 voters cast a ballot, about 16 percent of the county's 152,184 registered voters, according to St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook. Of those 16 percent, 7.25 percent were Democrats, 7.9 percent were Republicans and less than 1 percent did not declare a party affiliation. Those not declaring a party were most prevalent in areas with school referendums on the ballot.

Votes in East St. Louis are tallied by the East St. Louis Election Commission. The Commission reported 4,892 residents voted -- about 26 percent of the city's 18,978 registered voters.

In Madison County, 26,122 voters cast a ballot, about 15 percent of the county's 176,987 registered voters. Madison County Clerk Debbie Ming-Mendoza said early voting turnout was beyond the 2010 and 2012 elections, but turnout "just fizzled" on election day.

The current voting results do not include provisional ballots or some absentee ballots.

All ballots are unofficial until certified by the state. Ballots are expected to be canvassed on April 1 in Madison County and April 8 in St. Clair County.

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