Voter Turnout Low in Venango, Forest Counties

| May 20, 2017

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FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) — Voter turnout was light in Tuesday’s primary elections, according to Venango County officials.

Abby Flockerzi said 21 percent of registered voters participated.

“Typically, we have about 20 to 25 percent voting. Look at local school boards, they have the power to set your highest taxes, and look at the turnout for them. Voter apathy has been going on for a long time,” Flockerzi said.

She reported that 17.04 percent of registered Democrats voted while 23.7 percent of Republicans cast votes.

The breakdown for Democrats was 1,774 voting of 10,412 registered. For Republicans, 4,042 voted of 17,053 registered.

The totals don’t include absentee and provisional ballots. (Those ballots were tallied on Friday, May 19, and the totals were not available at the time of the publication of this article.)

Forest County

In Forest County, election officials pointed to a lack of competition in the local races and some of the roads being out of service because of bridge replacement work for its very low turnout of 21 percent.

“That’s very low for us,” said Jean Ann Hitchcock, director of elections. “We usually have 40 to 50 percent turnout. But, with some of the bridges being out for work and the lack of competitive races, that may explain it.”

The county has 3,315 registered voters, 1,743 Republicans and 1,258 Democrats. Seven hundred and seven voters cast ballots on Tuesday.


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