Most voters are sitting out the election so far

Voter turnout is on track to be low in the May 15 primary in Jackson County despite a record number of registered voters.

“I think it’s going to be in the 30 to 32 percent range,” Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker said.

On Monday, the turnout was 22.3 percent, though many voters drop their ballots off during the last couple of days at drop boxes.

Compared with the May 2014 primary at 56 percent, this election hasn’t garnered much interest from those not affiliated with any party.

Nonaffiliates now make up one of the largest voting blocks in the county, surpassing the total number of Democrats and edging close to Republicans. But only 5 percent of nonaffiliates have cast their ballots so far.

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Reagan Knopp