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Voter turnout: 21 percent

Republican races, referendums bring out more voters

PRINCETON — Voter turnout in Bureau County for Tuesday's primary election came in at 21 percent of the county's registered voters going to the polls.

Bureau County Clerk Kami Hieronymus said she predicted voter turnout would be 20-25 percent. She cited heavier Republican turnout due to the sheriff and treasurer races and referendum issues to help the voter turnout percentage.

The highest percentage came in the precincts where voters cast their ballots in saying whether Cherry Grade School should be deactivated and students sent to Dimmick Community Consolidated School District in LaSalle County. The voter turnout in those precincts was 56 percent or 259 ballots cast on this issue.

Other referendum issues on the ballot saw 28.5 percent in Tiskilwa, where the Tiskilwa Rural fire Protection District was asking for an increase in its tax rate to pay for staffing of the ambulance service, and in Arlington of 27 percent where voters approved an increase in the village's general corporate tax rate not to exceed .4375 of the village's equalized assessed valuation. Only 16 percent of the voters in Spring Valley's seven precincts cast ballots on the city of Spring Valley's effort to allow the collection of an additional retailer occupation tax of .5 percent.

"There were more Republican ballots cast in the county than Democrat," she said. Of the 5,126 ballots cast during Tuesday's election, 3,879 were Republican; 1,101 were Democrat; and 146 were non-partisan ballots."

There were four candidates running for the Republican nod for sheriff and two candidates running for the Republican nod for treasurer.

Hieronymus said voter turnout in the Spring Valley area, a traditional Democratic stronghold in Bureau County, was lower because there weren't any contested races on the Democratic side of the ballot.

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