Bloomington Mayoral Election Polling Update

A sign outside of the McLean County Government Center near the corner of Front and East Streets in Bloomington.
Credit Ken Chui

There will be two candidates left for Bloomington Mayor by the time polls close in today's primary election. 

Incumbent Mayor Tari Renner is being opposed by current council members Diana Hauman and Kevin Lower, as well as retired fire-fighter Robert Fike, and former talk-radio host Ian Bayne.

Bloomington Election Commission Executive Director Paul Shannon said there were just over 5,800 total voters by 4 p.m. 

Shannon said he expects voter turnout to rise even more.

"We were at about 10 percent by 1:30 (p.m.), and I'm guessing we'll hit around 15 percent," said Shannon.

About three quarters of those who voted so far have done so in person, the rest were early or mail in votes.

Chief Election Judge Carin Henson was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ward 1 this morning. 

She said turnout as of 9 a.m. was about "average" for a municipal election. But, she is encouraged by one voting trend.

"We have more people using the touch screen express vote machine," said Henson. "Because it's slower, they feel they have more time to learn now before the next election. That's good, embracing new technology."

Polls in Bloomington are open tonight until 7 p.m.

The top two vote-getters will face off in the April general election. Election results will be posted tonight at wglt.org. 

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