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November 20, 2018

11/8/2018 11:29:00 AM
Clerk 'thrilled'with 55% turnout
A strong turnout and a single technical glitch did nothing to slow tabulation of Tuesday's election results.

In fact, all results from Crawford County's 24 precincts were in to the Crawford County Clerk's Office by 8:30 p.m., Clerk Fayrene Wright told the Daily News.

"That's awesome," Wright said. "We were really busy in here for about an hour." She expressed gratitude to her staff and the student volunteers who handled the "heavy lifting" of helping election judges bring ballots into her office.

The only problem was a bad card in a touch screen voting machine. Results from it had to be re-entered from paper ballots.

Wright was pleased with the turnout. Of the county's 12,624 registered voters, 6,960 cast ballots. Turnout was 55.13 percent.

"That's great," Wright said. "I'm thrilled with more than 50 percent turnout."

Four years ago, during the last midterm general election, turnout was 44.42 percent. This was before a purge of voting rolls eliminated about 2,000 voters who were no longer eligible.

Turnout for the 2016 presidential election was 68 percent.

The largest percentage turnout was in Southwest Township. More than 72.1 percent of its 61 registered voters participated. The lowest turnout, 44.7 percent, was in Robinson 7.

The precinct with the most voters casting ballots was Robinson 3. A total of 595 voters participated there for a turnout of almost 60.8 percent.

Many voters here and across the country opted to vote early this year. A total of 1,511 local voters cast early or absentee ballots, a strong number for a midterm election.

Two years ago, a record 1,664 votes were cast prior to election day.

All early, grace and by-mail ballots were be tallied at 7 p.m. when the polls closed. A few by-mail ballots are still out. Under state law, any that arrive in the next 14 days must be counted as long as they are postmarked with Tuesday's date or earlier.

Following that, Wright's office will re-tabulate results of two precincts selected by the State Board of Elections. Election results will be declared official Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving.

With one more election out of the way, the clerk's office is already gearing up for the next one. The consolidated election - in which voters select municipal, township and school board officials - is April 2. Candidacy petitions are already being circulated. The filing period is in December.

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