A look at voter turnouts throughout the four-county area

By Blake Schnitker on March 21 at 12:10pm

Voter turnout across the four-county area yesterday was rather comparable to previous primary elections.

Here in Morgan County, with 21,747 registered voters, just over 62-hundred ballots were cast, resulting in a voter turnout of between 28 and 29 percent. Aside from a number of significant races involving Morgan County residents, there were also a number of important races and referendums voted on in Cass, Greene and Scott Counties.

In Cass County, of the approximately 77-hundred registered voters, just over 18-hundred ballots were cast yesterday, which gave it a 23.5 percent voter turnout. Cass County Clerk and Election Authority Shelly Wessel says that while there weren’t very many hot button issues or contested races on the ballot, there will be some significant races in November’s general election.

Of the four counties, Greene County saw the lowest percentage of voter turnout with slightly over 21 percent of registered voters casting ballots. A little over 19-hundred ballots were officially cast out of nearly 89-hundred registered voters. Greene County Clerk Deborah Banghart says anything are 20 percent is a pretty standard figure for voter turnout in her county.

Scott County produced the highest percentage of voter turnout among the four counties. According to the Scott County Clerk’s Office, their office saw just over 14-hundred votes cast, with slightly more than 36-hundred registered voters, giving them a 39 percent voter turnout. The high number of votes in Scott County can likely be contributed to the Sheriff’s race in which Tom Eddinger defeated Robert Smith by a final tally of 721 to 502, as well as a referendum to extend the tax in Road District 2, which ultimately failed by a vote of 42 to 34.