Voter turnout expected to be low for Tuesday primary - – Rockford’s News Leader

Voter turnout expected to be low for Tuesday primary


Tuesday afternoon's snowfall didn't only affect commutes, voter turnout for the primary elections is expected to be down.

The last year there was a primary for the entire city of Rockford was 2009, with voter turnout at about four percent. The primary before that had a turnout of about 11 percent. While there are competitive races, including three Republican and three Democrat races for alderman, this year's turnout is still expected to be low.

"I don't know why they haven't generated a lot more excitement, but they just seemingly haven't," Rockford Board of Elections Executive Director Ken Harper said. "So we're expecting probably on the low end, especially with this weather turning out to be kind of bad."

Sidewalks and parking lots were kept clear for the safety of judges and voters during the storm.

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