Local Voter Turnout Mixed On Primary Day


Tuesday's primary votes are counted and the city of Watertown knows who will advance to the general election for city council in November.

But it's the number of votes that has leaders in Jefferson County talking.

While the absentee ballots haven't been taken into account yet, only 12 percent of 11,918 registered voters cast their ballots Tuesday in the hotly contested city council race.

The Board of Elections says turnout depends on how the campaign is run.

Watertown Mayor Jeffrey Graham agrees.

"A lot of it comes down to voters need to be motivated. Sometimes they vote by not voting. In the case of this primary, I didn't see a lot of vibrant campaigning," said Graham.

Meanwhile, turnout was good in other areas of the county.

In the town of Cape Vincent, 54 percent of Republicans went to the polls Tuesday.

That number was 37 percent in the town of Alexandria and 27 percent in the town of Pamelia.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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