Primary Election Draws Low Voter Turnout

Election Day isn’t over. However, election officials saw fewer voters during early voting compared to the previous non-presidential primary election in 2010.

Early voting in Benton County drew 6,422 voters, according to the election commission.

“We were probably at 20-25 percent fewer voters than we had in 2010,” said Russel Anzalone, election commission secretary. “I believe we were a little over 8,000 then when we are are 6,400 now for early voting.”

In Washington County, 2,935 voters cast their ballots early. In 2010, there were 3,092 voters, according to the county clerk’s office.

By noon Tuesday (May 20) at the Downtown Activity Center in Bentonville, only 20 people had cast their ballots.

Mindy Baker, from Benton County, was one of them. She said she made an effort to vote.

“I think it’s really important to vote for a number of reasons,” Baker said. “I’m a teacher and I just taught my students about civic responsibility of voting and I thought well that’s important that I do that as well.”

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