Voter turnout increases by 5 percentage points in Calhoun County

Voter turnout was up in this year’s Primary Election, Auditor Robin Batz said Friday.

In Calhoun County, 1,073 voters cast their ballots for a 16.2 percent voter turnout. Batz said in the 2014 Primary, 11.1 percent of registered voters cast ballots, for an increase of more than 5 percentage points.

Statewide, 279,124 voters cast ballots, for a 13.1 percent turnout. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate reported that 50,610 absentee ballots were cast in the election, setting a new record. The previous record was 44,740 in 2014.

Batz said the only hiccup on election day was a few problems with election workers being able to enter the newly required laptop passwords at the right point. 

Read more in the June 13 edition.