Idaho primary saw spike in voter participation

BOISE, ID - More than thirty percent of Idaho's registered voters participated in this year's primary election -- marking the highest turnout in sixteen years.

According to state election results, roughly 264,000 out of the 826,400 Idahoans registered to vote cast a ballot in May 15th election.

Secretary of State Lawerence Denney says the average turnout in Idaho's primary elections has typically hovered around 25 percent in recent years.

However, Denney says that high-profile races in both Republican and Democratic primaries helped contribute to the higher-than-normal election participation.

Kootenai County had the lowest voter turnout, with just 22 percent of the northern Idaho county's registered voters making it to the polls. Kootenai County is the state's third most populous county. In comparison, similarly-populated Ada and Canyon counties saw a 32 percent voter turnout.

(by Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press)
 

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