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Iron County surprised by low voter turnout

Iron County surprised by low voter turnout



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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Iron County officials expected a low voter turnout in last month's primary, but not this low.

Commissioners say the turnout was among the lowest recorded in county history.

According to the county, only about 4 percent voted in Cedar City's Precinct 7. Areas outside the city had a much higher rate of participation. Modena had 50 percent turnout with 15 of the 30 registered voters casting ballots in the June 24 primary. That topped the county.

Cedar City's Precinct 19 has the most registered voters, but only 12.79 percent went to the polls.

Commissioners say it's surprising because there were questions last year when the commission voted to allow ballots to be mailed to rural communities. Some worried that would lead to fewer voters.

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Information from: The Spectrum

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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