Voter turnout drastically drops for local elections - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Voter turnout drastically drops for local elections

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JACKSON CO. -- Voters are already casting their ballots for local races, ahead of April's election. While some are early voting, others, may not show up at all.

We're not voting for President of the United States in this election, meaning voter turnout will be much lower. But there are about 300 people on a list of nominations in Jackson County that need your vote. Often the results of these elections, end up impacting us much more than if we were voting for President. 

You know those property taxes many argue are too high? Well, these are the races that control what we pay. They also decide who's on our kids school board and who will run our cities and townships. 

Jackson County Clerk Larry Reinhardt says, even though these local elections impact our daily lives more than the big races, many voters don't show up.
"There's a good chance they'll forget about election day or forget about the whole process because it is more of a quiet run election," said Reinhardt. 

Reinhardt thinks local elections don't draw much attention because candidates typically don't spend millions of dollars on campaigning, like those in state and national races.
We're now about three weeks from election day and only 38 people in Jackson County have cast their ballot. When we were three weeks out from the state and federal races back in November, thousands had already voted early at the courthouse. Reinhardt encourages all voters to make their voices heard.

"If you wish to have control over your local government, and that tax bill we mentioned, then this is the best way to do it," said Reinhardt. 

Election day is April 4.

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