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Macomb voter turn out low because of storm


Tuesday was the municipal primary in Illinois, and despite Tuesday's storm, the election goes on.

But just how much did the storm have an effect on voter turn out in Macomb?

McDonough County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes says voter turn out for this election is usually pretty low, but today's storm, pushed those numbers even lower.

"I believe four years ago when we elected alderman we had about a 200 person turn out, I believe today it will probably be exceptionally poor," said DeJaynes. 

McDonough County Circuit clerk Gretchen DeJaynes says out of the 9500 people registered to vote-- only a fraction of them braved today's storm.

First Presbyterian Church in Macomb was one of 4 polling places in Macomb.

And despite efforts from staff to keep parking lots and sidewalks clean, only a few voters turned out.

With many of the votes, coming from election judges.

Sara Featherlin says she braved today's storm because she feels like its her duty to vote.

"I was actually the first person from my precinct to vote today, so they've been pretty slow today, but it's alright I'm glad that I came out and did it," said Featherlin.

DeJaynes says she has low expectations for voter turn out because of today's snow storm.

"If we get past 200 I will be happy and the goal is to make it to 8-8:30 p.m. tonight and be done," said DeJaynes.


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