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Low Voter Turnout So Far In Marion County Primary Election

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Marion County Clerk Steve Fox says voter turnout is extremely low for today's primary election.  

Fox reports the only problem so far has been election judges not being able to gain entry to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia until after the six am opening time for voting.  However, he says a key holder was found quickly and the problem resolved.  

Fox reports no equipment problems.  He says most voters have been understanding of the state law that requires their ballots being kicked out for not voting for every office.  

Fox reports after four hours of voting Tuesday morning one Salem precinct, Salem two, had only one voter.  Salem eight, another larger precinct, had only 20 voters.   Fox says rural polling places were doing slightly better, but still with very small numbers.   

He is projecting only a 15 to 18 percent voter turnout in Marion County due to the lack of local contests.   

Polls remain open until seven Tuesday night.  WJBD will have election return coverage beginning around eight Tuesday night.  

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