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Big swing in voter turnout

PRINCETON — Just as Bureau County Clerk Kami Hieronymus had predicted, voter turnout for Tuesday's election varied greatly throughout the county, ranging from a low voter turnout of 12.4 percent to a high of 66.6 percent.

Gold Township Precinct had the highest voter turnout with 66.6 percent of its 129 voters going to the polls. Contested races for those voters included the township highway supervisor position and Bureau Valley School Board District 5 board member.

Hall Precinct 7 came in with 61.06 percent of their 529 voters going to the polls, followed by Hall 8 with 60.14 percent of its 700 voters going to the polls. Among the contested races for Spring Valley voters were the mayoral office, four alderman positions, and contested Hall High School and Spring Valley Elementary School Board seats. Voters in the Hall High School District also voted on a school referendum to approve building a new high school.

In Princeton, voter turnout ranged from 12.97 percent in Precinct 4 to a high of 25.65 percent voter turnout in Precinct 1. Princeton voters decided a contested city council race with four candidates seeking two positions.

In Wyanet with a a contested mayoral race, voter turnout was at 33.53 percent for Wyanet Precinct 1 and at 40.88 percent for Wyanet Precinct 2.

For Tiskilwa residents, with a contested village president race, Indiantown Precinct had a 42.36 percent voter turnout, and Arispie Precinct had a 36.98 voter turnout.

The distinction for having the lowest voter turnout percent were the precincts of Ohio 1 at only 12.4 percent of its 449 registered voters going to the polls, followed by Princeton 4 with 12.97 percent of its 748 voters going to the polls. Following were Neponset Precinct with 15.8 percent of Neponset Precinct's 475 voters going to the polls and Ohio 2, where 16.9 percent of the precincts 153 voters cast a ballot.

Bureau County had an average voter turnout of 35.32 percent for Tuesday's election, with 8,449 of the county's 23,919 registered voters going to the polls.

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