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Six races decided by low turnout

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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Election judges and clerks in the Mississippi County Clerk's office sort through ballots prior to tabulating totals in the primary election held Tuesday. Just over 34 percent of the county's voters cast ballots in the election, in which there were six contested county races. Michelle Felter, Staff
CHARLESTON -- With six contested county races, voters in Mississippi County had several choices to make at the polls during Tuesday's primary election.

However, that didn't equate to a large turnout. A total 3,135 of the county's 9,137 registered voters -- or just over 34 percent -- went to the polls on Tuesday to cast their votes.

"That's low, particularly for the number of contested races we had," said County Clerk Junior DeLay. He said that he had forecast 50 percent turnout, but attributed the "hot, brutal" weather for keeping voters away from the polls.

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