Voter turnout light in state primary

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- Fewer registered voters went to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in Alaska's primary election.

With nearly all precincts reporting, voter turnout was about 16 percent, said Virginia Breeze, division spokeswoman.

''We know that it is low,'' she said.

The lackluster voter turnout came as no surprise to Breeze, who said there has been a steady decline in voter turnout. Two years ago, voter turnout was about 25 percent, down from about 30 percent in 96, 35 percent in 94 and 41 percent in 92.

With no governor's race, no U.S. Senate race and a slew of uncontested races, voters may have been bored and decided to sit this one out, she said.

Breeze predicted the November election would be more interesting because ballot measures would lure voters to the polls.

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