On pace for historically low primary voter turn out

By Audrey Williams

February 26, 2013 Updated Feb 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Along with many school and business closures, the weather is also putting a damper on Tuesday's primary election.

Tom Bride, Executive Director of the Peoria Election Commission, hopes better roads will allow a few more people to head to the polls after work.

Bride said Tuesday afternoon that election turnout is on pace for a historically low turnout within the city of Peoria.

Only the 1st and 5th districts have a primary. Two candidates for the Peoria City Council in each district will move on to the consolidated election on April 9.

Election judges in the 1st district said by 3 p.m. Tuesday, 22 people had voted out of a possible 2,800 at Manual High School, which hosts three precincts.

Across town, in the 5th district, 36 people had voted out of about 2,200 at Woodland Baptist Church, which also hosts three precincts.

Jim Swezey, an Election Judge in 5th District said, "From what I gather the weather really isn't that bad. I know this morning it was bad around 6:30- 7, but the people that have been coming in to vote have said it's not that bad, the roads a little wet and stuff, but not really effecting them that they can't come out to vote."

"Not a lot of voters, but there's only one person to vote for in this election and it's small," said Jerry Beneventi, Election Judge in the 1st District.

While there may be a lower turnout, officials aren't sure how it will affect the outcome.

Polls close at 7 p.m.

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