Election Officials Expect Another Low Voter Turnout for Tuesday's Primary 

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If recent trends hold true, poll watchers are expecting another low voter turnout Tuesday for Idaho's primary election.  

For the past several years, approximately 25 percent of Idaho registered voters have participated in primary elections. It was 2002 when Idaho last came close to a 33 percent voter turnout for a primary and it was 1980 when approximately 40 percent of Idaho voters turned out for a primary.

In Ada County, election officials say approximately 2,000 registered voters participated in early voting over the past two weeks. Ada County officials will be spending a good part of their day on Monday overseeing the duplication of some absentee ballots. It turns out the first batch of absentee ballots mailed to Ada County voters didn't have the correct identifying marks required for the ballot to be scanned. Officials estimate around 1,600 of those ballots were returned and will need to be duplicated onto ballots with the proper scanning marks.

Multiple two-person teams should complete the process by the end of the day and the duplication can be viewed by the public, candidates and political party officials at the Ada County election headquarters on North Benjamin Lane.

Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane said he'll have about 1,000 election workers on Tuesday, with nearly 800 manning polling places throughout the county and the rest working at election headquarters. Additionally, McGrane said the county's new scanning equipment should ensure results earlier than normal on Tuesday night.
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