Voter Turnout Described as ‘Abysmal'

Voter Turnout Described as ‘Abysmal'

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Tom Callan, KSL Newsradio Some absentee ballots have yet to be counted from Election Day 2007, but how was turnout?

"Abysmal" is how the lieutenant governor's office describes the turnout, where only one-third of the registered voters bothered to vote.

"Whether it's 26 percent or 33 percent, that's still abysmal in terms of turnout," spokesman Joe Demma said.

But, Demma says the turnout was higher than the last time Salt Lake voted for a mayor. "We're disappointed in the low turnout. We're encouraged that the numbers are seeming to increase over the years," he said.

He adds that one-third of the voters is nothing compared to the 73-percent turnout when Gov. Jon Huntsman was elected in 2004.

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