About 18 percent of eligible Rock County voters go to the polls
JANESVILLE—About 18 percent of Rock County's eligible voters went to the polls for Tuesday's partisan primary.
Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler was accurate in her pre-election prediction that Tuesday's voter turnout would be between 16 and 18 percent.
Statewide turnout was expected to be about 15 percent.
Stottler cited the local primaries for sheriff, clerk of courts and the 15th Senate District as draws, as well as a spending referendum for Blackhawk Technical College.
The turnout in Rock County is more impressive when just registered voters are considered. About 25 percent of Rock County's 88,297 registered voters went to the polls Tuesday.
But the state prefers that county clerks report voter turnout in relation to eligible voters, a group that includes registered voters plus people age 18 and older who are not felons and who could vote if they wanted to.
In Rock County, that number totals about 121,000, Stottler said. With the larger pool, the turnout rate among eligible voters was 18 percent.
Stottler said voting and counting went smoothly Tuesday, at least until a fire alarm cleared the courthouse at about 8 p.m.
Stottler said employees were evacuated and the alarm turned out to be false.
The delay, however, cost employees about 25 minutes in compiling results.