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Voter turnout low

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Voter turnout averaged about 12 percent at Northwest Ottawa County precincts — running about the same as it was for this past May’s school board elections.

“It just seems like, overall, the turnout is very low,” Ottawa County Elections Coordinator Steve Daitch said. “(But) we kind of expected turnout to be low.”

The reason for the thin lines at the polls, he said, was due to a lack of major contested primary races, such as governor and other lawmakers.

“We definitely expect higher turnout for (the November election),” Daitch said.

In Northwest Ottawa County, the highest percentage turnout was in Ferrysburg, where 19 percent of voters cast ballots on Tuesday. There, voters were deciding on a senior citizen millage.

The lowest turnout in the region was Robinson Township, where 9 percent of voters showed up to cast ballots for a fire department millage.

Grand Haven Township Clerk Sue Buitenhuis said turnout was light in Grand Haven Township, where only about 12 percent of voters showed up to the polls. But more than 900 absentee ballots were cast in the township.

Despite the low turnout, Buitenhuis said she also expects a different scenario in November.

Read the complete story in today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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