Tuesday local election sees typical low voter turnout

Tuesday local election sees typical low voter turnout. (File - WWMT)

Out of 195,000 registered voters in Kalamazoo County, only 16.5 percent of voters went to the polls. The Kalamazoo County Clerk said the low voter turnout on Tuesday is typical for these local elections.

Newschannel 3's Franque Thompson asked why more people aren’t casting their ballots in local elections.

Kalamazoo County Clerk Tim Snow said he thinks voters want more accessibility to vote because some may be too busy or just forget about election day.

Newschannel 3 has an online poll about what is dividing America and politics is the number one answer.

In Kalamazoo County 42 precincts were open on election day and only 16.5 percent of 102,000 eligible registered voters showed up.

Snow said, “Michigan is a very high registration state, high percentage registration state. The hard part is getting people out."

Though there aren't many documents to sort through, the Board of County Canvassers still verify the paperwork from the low voter turnout and are expected to have an official vote count by Thursday.

Snow said, “Give or take in this type of election 20 percent or a little bit less is pretty average for local elections. It just the way traditionally it has been for any of the off year elections.”

While some believe politics is dividing the country, Snow said there's a reason people should still head to the polls.

He said, “So important, every vote does count.”

Snow said he'd like to see No-Reason absentee ballots in the county. He thinks that would drive more people to cast their ballots and give these board members more work.

He said, “People have very busy lives these days so if we made absentee ballot a lot more available I think that might increase percentage and then it's just remembering to get out there.”

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