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Voter Interest Lagging

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 04:44:51 CDT
By: IPR

After months of campaigning, Illinois voters go to the polls today, but turnout for recent primary elections has been quite low and this one looks to follow that trend. Jim Tenuto, with the State Board of Elections, says fewer than one in four registered voters has pulled a primary ballot in recent years. And leading up to the primary, things have been calm this year, too:

   
"This election seems very quiet as far as phone calls and inquiries. It seems very quiet."

Tenuto says there's no way to predict turnout, but he says early voting is down 14 percent from the last election in 2012. Democrats and Republicans will be pick their standard-bearers to compete for the highest offices in Illinois. The most hotly contested race is on the Republican side, where three longtime elected officials and a wealthy businessman are seeking the gubernatorial nomination. Republicans will also be asked to pick a candidate for U.S. Senate, state treasurer, and various legislative and judicial races. On the Democratic side, incumbent Governor Pat Quinn is facing anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman. None of the other statewide Democratic races are contested.

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