5,048 voters take part in primaries

Published 1:47 pm Friday, March 16, 2012

Just more than 5,000 residents from Butler County turned out to vote in Tuesday’s primary election.

John Hall, secretary treasure for the Butler County Democratic Party, felt like that was a good number for a primary election.

“I thought the voter turn out was really good for a primary election,” Hall said. “Local candidates always bring everyone out to vote especially with the county commission and circuit clerk to be decided.”

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Chairman of the Butler County Republican Party Cleve Poole said he was actually expecting a higher turnout of voters.

“I actually anticipated a higher turn out just in general with all of the local races on the Democratic side and the presidential race on the Republican side,” Poole said.

Poole was unsure why people did not go out and vote but hopes that people will become more motivated.

“My idea would be that everyone that is registered would vote in every election so we would have a true republic as was intended by our founding fathers,” Poole said. “I don’t have any idea what kept folks away or kept them from voting. I don’t know if there’s a general apathy or disgust with the process or system or dislike of the candidates. I am motivated to see qualify candidates be elected, and I hope that everyone shares that interest and view.”