Turnout low in St. Clair County, Clerk says

Ann Maher Mar. 20, 2012, 9:14am


St. Clair County Clerk Bob Delaney said that voter turnout is "really low" in today's primary election.

In a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, Delaney said he expected a turnout of around 25 percent, however he now anticipates it to be much lower at 16 percent.

He said there seems to be more activity for Republican versus Democrat voters.

"I talked to some folks in the Fairview Heights area and they said socially conservative Catholics are coming out to vote for Santorum," Delaney said.

Delaney said that in spite of a judicial contest between Zina Cruse and Anne Fohne Keeley on the Democratic ballot in St. Clair County, those Democrat voters do not appear to be heading to the polls today.

He also said that there were a few problems reported at some precincts, but not many.

"The Knights of Columbus on Old Collinsville Road in Fairview Heights did not open on time," he said. "And there were complaints of IDing all African American voters and letting all whites vote."

Polls are open until 7 p.m.

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