Venango County Reports Markedly Higher Than Usual Voter Turnout

| November 7, 2018

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – Venango County officials say voter turnout was considerably higher than usual for Tuesday’s midterm election.

Ken Brooks, Chair of Election Board in Venango County, told, “It’s been great for a midterm election. It’s actually been fantastic.”

According to Brooks, some of the precincts reported that over 30% of the registered voters in their area had voted by about 2:00 p.m. and by 3:00 p.m., most of the precincts were reporting a voter turnout of 40 to 50%.

“We only expect about a 25 to 30% turnout for a midterm election, so to have that many by three o’clock is very encouraging,” said Brooks.

Brooks noted that the overall functions of the elections process throughout the county had been smooth, with the only minor glitch being that some polling locations were running out of “I voted” stickers by late afternoon.

“We’ve had more people registering at the polls and voting with a provisional ballot this year than previously. We’ve also had a higher than usual number of absentee ballots,” noted Brooks.

By the end of the evening, unofficial tallies showed that 17,972 ballots were cast in Venango County for a voter turnout of 57.17%.

“We had an almost 60% turnout which is really great for this kind of election,” explained Brooks.

Forest County

According to Forest County Director of Elections Jean Ann Hitchcock, voter turnouts were good in Forest County, as well, with an unofficial final turnout of about 52% at the end of the day.

“We definitely had a good turnout today,” Hitchcock noted.

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