Voter turnout was extremely low

May 16th, 2014    Author: Administrator    Filed Under: News

Tonia Blackburn, left, and Becky Rudd, pull unused ballots out of the precinct bins at the Clermont County Board of Elections after the May 6 primary.

By Kristin Rover
Sun staff

Only 17,091 out of 132,966 voters in Clermont County cast ballots for the May 6 primary election.

Board of Elections Director Judy Miller said the voter turnout was lower than previous primary elections at just 12.85 percent.

Clermont County wasn’t the only county with low turnout. In Hamilton County 13.39 percent of voters cast ballots. In Warren County 15.36 percent of voters cast ballots.

In 2010, which Miller said was a similar primary to this year, around 14 percent of voters cast ballots. She said in 2012, which was a presidential primary, around 25 percent of voters cast ballots.

“We’ve gone down,” Miller said about the turnout this year.

Precincts in Loveland and Miami Township that are in Loveland School District had the highest voter turnout with more than 30 percent of voters casting ballots at some precincts.

Goshen Township and Milford also had some precincts with more than 30 percent voter turnout.

Loveland School District, Goshen Township and Milford all had levies on the ballot.

Amelia, Batavia Township, and other areas without issues on the ballot had the lowest voter turnout with some precincts that had around six percent of voters casting ballots.

Miller said the low voter turnout means money is wasted because of all of the materials that have to be purchased for an election.

“We have to print a ballot for every person,” Miller said.

Miller said they follow the state guidelines for ordering ballots and can’t predict how many people will vote.

This year, Miller said the board of elections is going to have to get rid of approximately 118,000 ballots that cost about $.25 each.

“We are throwing out over $30,000 worth of ballots,” Miller said.

Miller said election day went smoothly at the polls and after polls closed at 7:30 p.m.

“It went really well,” Miller said. “All of our precincts were in by 9:15.”

Miller said they were required to do more reporting to the Secretary of State’s Office this year so that slowed down the results some.

“The top 22 counties had to report every 15 minutes,” Miller said. “Which does slow the process down. We were done with everything by about 10:30.”

Miller said the board will open the certification process May 19 and will certify the election results May 27.

For more information about the May 6 election visit www.clermontelections.org.

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