Primary ballot totals suggest lowest voter turnout in at least 16 years


Primary ballot totals suggest lowest voter turnout in at least 16 years

Cheryl Sanders
May 17, 2018

Statewide voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election fell below 25 percent based on preliminary totals, according to Secretary of State John Gale.

Turnout tends to be low in midterm primary elections such as this one, when there are no presidential nominations at stake, although Benton County voters will have a say in the contested Democratic and Republican primaries for the 4th and 5th congressional districts, depending on what part of the county they're in. By end of day Monday, 95,276 Multnomah voters had returned their ballots, compared to 84,801 in 2014.

An unaffiliated voter who votes in a party's primary will remain unaffiliated.


The winners of Tuesday's primaries advance to compete in the November 6 general election. Registered voters may vote as long as they are in line by 6 p.m.at their respective precinct.

In ranked choice voting - also known as an instant runoff election - voters rank the candidates for a particular office in order of preference.

Early voting and Election Day voting are being held at the Candler County Recreation Department's Jack Strickland building. If you are a registered Virginia voter but do not have an acceptable photo ID, free voter photo IDs are processed at all of Virginia's 133 local general registrars' offices.


Nearly all Precinct 2 voters will vote at the Mauriceville Fire Department, with the only difference being those in voting box 29 will vote at Gould Center in Vidor.

Local voters continue their support of the Clatsop Care Health District by approving a five-year local tax option levy that will allow the district to make needed improvements to their three long-term care facilities, add more transportation service and make technology upgrades. A primary election can be the deciding election for an office if there is no other competition seeking election for that office.

With this Primary election right upon us and the November election right around the corner, it is a prime opportunity for Black people to realize their true collective power by joining in with one another to create one of the most important movements of this era.


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