Voter Turnout Higher Than Usual Throughout Clarion County

Aly Delp

Aly Delp

Published November 7, 2018 5:32 am
Voter Turnout Higher Than Usual Throughout Clarion County

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The rain on Tuesday morning didn’t dampen the turnout for the much-anticipated midterm election in Clarion County.

(Photos by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography)

According to Elections Director Cindy Callihan, the turnout for Tuesday’s election was higher than usual for a midterm election.

“We’re calling this our mini-presidential election. The interest is there, and a lot of people are coming out and voting,” Callihan noted.

Election officials at Precincts One, Two, and Three in Clarion Borough all noted they had seen a higher turnout than usual by midafternoon. Nearly 40% of the registered voters in Precinct Two had voted by 3:30 p.m.

Callihan said that trend held true through much of the rest of the county, with an average of 40 to 45% of registered voters in most precincts voting by 4:00 p.m.

That number may not seem high for nine hours into a thirteen hour polling day, but it is undoubtedly high when compared to the overall voter turnout in the last midterm election, in 2014, which was just 48% by the day’s end.

The high turnout wasn’t isolated to the larger precincts, either.

“Everyone I’ve talked to, regardless of the size of the precinct, has told me they’ve been busy all day,” said Callihan.

Callahan also said that the overall functions of the elections process throughout the county have been smooth. She noted that the only snags came in the form of a few disappointed voters who discovered they either missed the registration deadline or forgot to change their registration.

“It’s a little sad because the closer you get to the election, the more interest is generated, but by then, the deadline has already passed. It can be a little disappointing to find out you registered too late when you get to the polls,” noted Callahan.

At the end of the evening, as the last of the precincts reported in, the unofficial voter turnout in Clarion County was 62%, distinctly higher than the 48% that voted in the last midterm election in 2014.

Forest County

According to Forest County Director of Elections Jean Ann Hitchcock, voter turnouts were good in Forest County, as well, with an unofficial final turnout of about 52% at the end of the day.

“We definitely had a good turnout today,” noted Hitchcock.

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