Early turnout totals low at county voting sites



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Residents vote Wednesday at the Johnson County Courthouse. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Residents vote Wednesday at the Johnson County Courthouse. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


A group of five people sat in the back room of a library waiting to help voters cast their ballots, but were instead trying to stay awake by reading, talking, or browsing the internet on their phones.

The group had to find something to do because voters weren’t showing up to cast ballots early. By midafternoon one day last week at the Edinburgh Wright-Hageman Public Library vote center, 13 people had cast a ballot. But that number came with one caveat: four of those votes belonged to the poll workers, poll inspector Mark Henderson said.

Early voter turnout hasn’t been much stronger at other centers either leading up to next week’s primary election. Johnson County Clerk Sue Anne Misiniec, the county official in charge of organizing and running the local elections, used one word to describe early voter turnout: pitiful.

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