Voter turnout disappoints
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By the numbers
Registered voters: 85,974
Votes tallied: 29,068
Turnout percentage: 34
Registered voters: 54,935
Votes tallied: 19,518
Turnout percentage: 36
JANESVILLE Despite high-profile races and a presidential primary, voter turnout Tuesday in Rock and Walworth counties hovered around 35 percent, the number predicted Monday by the state Government Accountability Board.
Walworth County Clerk Kim Bushey does not predict voter turnout, citing factors such as weather, top-of-ticket candidates and contested local issues, including school referendums. In April 2010, she noted, 20 percent of eligible voters turned out in Walworth County, but there was no presidential primary that year.
The last year with a presidential primary together with April local elections was 2004, said Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler, and 21 percent turned out in Rock County that year. The next time Wisconsin had a presidential primary was February 2008, when Rock County had a 44 percent turnout.
"I expected this turnout, but I'm not satisfied," she said. "For those concerned about property taxes, this was the election to cast a ballot. You have to ask where is the 99 percent?"