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Voter turnout at less than 50 percent

November 08, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

Less than half of Washington County's registered voters cast ballots Tuesday.

Unofficial results show that 37,779 votes were cast, a voter turnout of 47.37 percent, according to Dorothy Kaetzel, Washington County election director.

After absentee ballots are counted, the turnout number will go up slightly, Kaetzel said.

Kaetzel said she does not expect turnout to reach more than 50 percent. Washington County has 79,760 registered voters.

Most of the absentee ballots will be counted Thursday. More than 4,000 absentee ballots were distributed.

This year's turnout is about average for a gubernatorial race, Kaetzel said.

In the 2002 gubernatorial general election, 38,968 voters cast ballots, with a voter turnout of 55.59 percent, including absentee ballots.

The election board distributed about twice as many absentee ballots this year than in 2002, said Kaetzel.

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