The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

November 6, 2013

Turnout similar to previous elections

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Election turnouts in the Clinton and Camanche races were similar to previous results.

According to unofficial election results, 20 percent of registered Clinton voters participated in Tuesday’s election. County Auditor Eric Van Lancker said he was disappointed, but unsurprised by the turnout for Clinton’s elections.

“It’s in the ballpark of where I thought we would be,” Van Lancker said.

Voter turnout for the past five Clinton city elections averaged at 16.5 percent. However, the 2011 election saw a 23 percent turnout. With two tax issues on the ballot, Van Lancker said he expected the turnout to be a little higher than it was.

Van Lancker broke the polling turnouts by ward, not including the 799 absentee ballots. At the polls, 443 people turned out for Ward 1 and 728 voted in Ward 2. Turnouts were 816 for Ward 3 and 865 for Ward 4.

In Camanche the election turnout was 33 percent. Van Lancker said this is the same as the turnout as the city election two years ago. He said this could be attributed to some issues in the Camanche community that have drawn the interest of the people.

Before two years ago, the average election turnout for Camanche was in the teens.

While the turnout was typical, Van Lancker was not satisfied by the results.

“It’s not 80 percent, so to me, it’s low, not where it should be,” Van Lancker said.

He added that 70 percent of voters turn out for general elections. He said that it makes no sense that people will vote for president and other politicians they will never meet, but will not vote for their local leaders and tax issues.

Mary Jones, chairwoman of the First United Methodist Church precinct location, noted early Tuesday afternoon that during the general election, she saw a lot more people voting. She described Tuesday’s election as having a “poor turnout.”

“Voting’s a privilege everyone should take a part in,” Jones said.