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Dan of the County: Primary Turnout Bad To The Bone

Just how bad was the May 23 primary turnout, HBOers? Bad. B-b-b-bad. But not much better or worse than other primaries, according to resident expert Dan of the County. Turnout in the 2nd congressional district was slightly better than the 1st CD, 26.3% to 25.4%, and the 2nd CD didn’t have an open congressional seat to spur voter interest. Other states from the Secretary of State’s office: Registered Voters 713,535; voted 184,456; statewide turnout 25.9% BTW, that’s the lowest primary turnout since 1988 when 25.03 voted. Lowest 3 counties: Latah 16.8%, Nez Perce 17.0%, Bannock 17.3%. Highest 3 counties: Clark 87.4%, Oneida 56.5%, Adams 52.3% The average turnout for the 22 counties in Idaho that are already all vote by mail per local option was 51.9%.

Dan of the County

P.S., Kootenai County’s turnout was worse than the state average. Here’s our turnout for primaries for last 10 years: ‘96 18.3%*, ‘98 16.1%, ‘00 31.7%*, ‘02 28.9%, ‘04 24.1%*, and ‘06 24.6%. Ten year average = 23.9%
(*Presidential election year).

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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