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Election bureau describes primary as “smooth,” voter turnout low

Voters come out of the South Butler Community Library after voting on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Justin Guido/Butler Eagle

Organizing the 2023 primary election in a new location may have seemed daunting, but officials said the Election Bureau operated like a well-oiled machine Tuesday night.

Jade Bowers, assistant director of the bureau, said there was only one hiccup worth noting with receiving ballots, and there’s talks improvements for November’s election.

“The only thing that was kind of an issue was traffic flow (in the new building’s parking lot). We’ve already discussed (Wednesday) morning ways we can fix it,” she said. “Everything went really smooth yesterday. We’re happy how the day went.”

Total voter turnout was 22.37%, which Bowers said was slightly lower than 2021’s average of 29%.

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