County, state see low voter turnout

Published 2:36 pm Friday, July 18, 2014

Just more than 4 percent of registered voters in Butler County cast a ballot in the July 15 runoff election.

“I was not surprised that the turnout was low with no local races on the ballot,” said Butler County Probate Judge Steve Norman.

According to Norman, there were 566 ballots cast.

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It cost the county approximately $25,000 to hold the election, but Norman says that money will be reimbursed by the state.

Statewide the cost to hold the election was estimated to be close to $3 million. Only about 8 percent of voters across the state cast a ballot.

In Butler County, Reese McKinney received 337 votes for secretary of state, while John Merrill garnered 135.

Jim Zeigler received 291 votes for state auditor to Dale Peterson’s 161.

Chip Beeker received 244 votes to Terry Dunn’s 214 votes in the race for Public Service Commission Place 2.

Statewide, Merrill received 53 percent of the vote to win the secretary of state race in the Republican primary, while Zeigler received 65 percent of the vote to defeat Peterson.

Beeker claimed 59 percent of the vote to defeat Dunn.