February Primary Reaches Expected Low Turnout

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The February primary whittles down the candidate pool for the General Election on April 5. As a result, Winnebago County election supervisor Margie Mullins says a lot of voters sit on the sidelines in February.

Mullins predicts a voter turnout between seven and 11 percent. She says precincts with the Harlem referendum and the non-partisan Roscoe trustees could draw more voters.

However, Mullins says for February primaries, so much voter preparation for so few voters is frustrating.

"This election we have nine precincts that just have the school referendum on it and it was very costly to open all the precincts, pay for the judges, get ballots printed and have them sitting out there for the day for just one referendum," Mullins said.