Area voter turnout low, slim margins determine some winners - – Rockford’s News Leader

Area voter turnout low, slim margins determine some winners


Primary races typically don't see much voter turnout. But some counties in our area lacked more voters than others,

Out of all the counties, Winnebago County has the most voters. It also had the worst turnout in terms of percentage.  17,371 people came out and voted Tuesday, just 19.4% of the county's registered voters.

Boone County did better but not by much. The county clerk says 6,673 people voted, which is 20.25% of all its registered voters.

Compare that to Ogle County, which had the highest turnout, more than 10,000 voters came out. That's more than 30% of its registered voters. 

Stephenson County fell somewhere in between the groups. It had more than 7,600 voters turn out for the primary, or 23.04% of its registered voters.

In some races, a few more votes could have made the difference in what passed or who was elected.

In Kinnikinnick Schools, a vote on the extension limitation increase barely passed, with just 11 more votes for yes than no. A total of 1,521 people voted yes, and 1,510 people voted no.

Ogle County had a close race as well. Eric Morrow defeated Mike Rock for State's Attorney by just 477 votes.

And in Stephenson County, David Martindale beat his opponent for county board by just 20 votes.


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