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Local voter turnout exceeds 2008

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 11:16 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 11:27 a.m. CST

While national voter turnout was down for Tuesday's election, Bureau County voters turned out in higher percentages than for the 2008 presidential election.

Preliminary numbers released by Bureau County Clerk Kami Hieronymus' office showed 16,685 of the county's 23,588 registered voters cast a ballot in Tuesday's election.

That equals a figure of 70.7 percent, compared to the 64 percent who voted in 2008.

While the turnout was higher than in 2008, it was hardly record-breaking.

According to records kept by Hieronymus' office, Bureau County reached an 82-percent voter turnout in 1992 for the Bush/Clinton election; a 79-percent turnout in 1984 for the Reagan/Mondale race; and a 75-percent turnout in 1980 for the Carter/Reagan race.

The number was a vast improvement over March's primary election, which saw only 24.61 percent of Bureau County's registered voters participate.

Concerning Tuesday's election, the Bureau County precincts with the largest turnout was Gold Township with 80.6 percent of the registered voters going to the polls. Other precincts with high turnout were Wheatland (78.6 percent) and Princeton 9 (78.1 percent.) On the other end of the spectrum was Leepertown, with the lowest percentage of voter turnout at 59 percent.

National figures as of Wednesday morning show more more than 117 million people had voted, about 14 million fewer than voted in 2008. Nearly 40 percent of all Americans are estimated to have not voted in this year’s election.

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