Johnson Co. Expects Low Voter Turnout

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Johnson County Auditor tells us they're expecting "a pretty low" voter turn out on November 7, 2017.

A lot of people just don't come out for city elections.

Two years ago, just 12% of registered voters cast a ballot in city elections in Johnson County.

And so far this year, early voting is down slightly.

Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert believes one reason could be voter fatigue.

A record number of voters came out for the Iowa City School bond referendum in September.

But the voters we spoke with say that didn't matter to them.

"I think it's very important that we pay attention to local politics as well as those at the national level because there are a lot of important things that happen," says Johnson County voter Cecilia Norris.

"It's convenient, it's here, probably not going to be very many people to fight and so I just stopped by," says Johnson County voter Roger Christian.

Young adults tend to be a large group of people that don't vote.

Weipert says that's usually because they're too busy with studying and classes or they're simply not interested in local politics.

Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

You can find your polling place by visiting HERE 

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