Spring 2014 Election

Rock County reports low voter turnout

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Jim Leute
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

JANESVILLE—Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler was accurate in her pre-election prediction that Tuesday's voter turnout would be lower than typical spring elections.

Slightly more than 16 percent of Rock County's 88,345 registered voters went to the polls Tuesday.

Typical spring elections attract about 20 percent of voters.

Going into Tuesday's election, Stottler predicted that turnout would be between 16 percent and 19 percent.

Her prediction was accurate in regards to registered voters.

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 120,000, Stottler said. With the larger pool, the turnout rate among eligible voters was just 12 percent.

Statewide, the Government Accountability Board predicted voter turnout of 12 percent, far below the 20 percent that turned out in April 2013, when residents voted in statewide races for Supreme Court and state superintendent.

Tuesday's voting did not feature any statewide race.

Instead, voters had their say about local governments and schools. Nearly 6,000 candidates were on the ballots for nearly 3,800 offices in Wisconsin. Voters across the state also decided 101 local referendum questions.


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