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Voter turnout ‘typical’ so far

Washington County residents head to the polls for Primary Election Tuesday
Jun 05, 2018
Photo by: David Hotle Election officials Betty Jo Wetherell, Myrna Mittler, Alberta Thornton and Margaret Marie wait at the Washington County Courthouse polling place for voters. As of 8:30 a.m. 11 people had voted there.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

So far, the number of voters heading to the polls is in line with previous primary elections Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said Tuesday morning.

On Monday, Widmer said that 254 people had voted absentee, which he said was common for primaries. He thinks the turnout will be “typical” for a primary election.

There are no contested Washington County races, but he feels the Democratic governors race will bring some people out. He stated he is interested to see how the secretary of agriculture race turns out.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. The preliminary results will be posted on the Washington Evening Journal’s website as soon as they become available.

When people turn out to the polls Tuesday for the midterm primary election, Widmer reminds people to bring a form of identification with them to help verify their identity. He said that beginning during this election is new voter legislation gradually being phased in and people are being asked to bring identification to the polls with them. This is a “soft rollout” and he said many ways can be used to prove identification. For most people, a driver’s license is the preferred method of identification. During this election, if no identification is available, an oath can be signed attesting to identity. He said the requirements will become more stringent during the January election and a photo ID will be needed.

“If you have a driver’s license you are fine,” he said. “If you don’t have that, there are other things you can provide.”

Polling places include:

Voters in the Ainsworth Precinct, which has the City of Ainsworth, Oregon Township, Highland Township, and Iowa Township, can vote at the Ainsworth Fire Department located at 645 Highway 92 in Ainsworth.

Voters in the Brighton-Marion- Crawford Precinct, which has the City of Brighton, City of Coppock, City of Crawfordsville, Brighton Township, Marion Township, and Crawford Township, can vote at the Brighton Community Building, located at 100 E. Washington St. in Brighton.

Voters in the Kalona Precinct, which has the City of Kalona and the English River Township, can vote at the Kalona Public Library located at 510 C Avenue in Kalona.

Voters in the Riverside Precinct, which has the City of Riverside and the Iowa Township, can vote at Riverside City Hall located at 60 Greene St.

Ward 1 Board of Supervisors District 4 voters can vote at the Washington County Courthouse at 222 W. Main St. in Washington.

Voters in the Ward 2 Board of Supervisors District 5 precinct can vote at the Central Park Community Center at 107 W. Washington St.

Voters in the Ward 3, Board of Supervisors District 5 precinct can vote at the United Presbyterian Home, 1203 E. Washington St.

Voters in the Ward 4, Board of Supervisors District 4 precinct can vote at Halcyon House, S. Avenue B entrance.

Voters in the Wellman Precinct, which includes the City of Wellman, Lime Creek Township, and English River Township can vote at the Parkside Activities Center in Wellman, located at 525 13th St.

The West Chester Precinct, which includes the City of West Chester, Franklin Township, Cedar Township, Seventy-six Township, Dutch Creek Township, and Clay Township, can vote at the Heritage Building in West Chester located at 510 Main St.

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