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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Turnout might be an all-time low

  • Tuesday might have been a record-breaking election in terms of turnout, but it's not the kind of record that many would likely hope to beat.
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  • Tuesday might have been a record-breaking election in terms of turnout, but it's not the kind of record that many would likely hope to beat.
    The final turnout in Tuesday's municipal elections countywide was 7.45 percent, according to County Clerk Janet Klasinski. That means that of the 46,455 registered voters in the county, only 3,459 cast a ballot. It's not just low, Klasinski said.
    “It's very, very low,” she said.“This, I would have to say, is an all-time low.”
    That's despite the fact that every voter had something on the ballot, with city
    government, school boards and other bodies having open seats.
    Klasinski said April municipal elections tend to have lower turnout than their November counterparts anyway.
    “I went back and looked,” she said, at the last two municipal elections. “We had 15 percent two years ago and 12 percent in 2009.”
    With many candidates running unopposed, Klasinski said she thought the interest in any of the campaigns was even lower this time around.
    The highest turnout was in the city of Basehor, where a heated mayoral race drew 17.5 percent of registered voters to the polls. Turnout in the city of Leavenworth was 9.87 percent.
    There were 18 provisional ballots cast for Tuesday's election, which will be reviewed and acted on when the board of County Canvassers meet Monday to certify the results of the election. But Klasinski said she did not expect the results announced Tuesday night to change.
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