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Moffat County voter turnout remains steady with years past

Erin Fenner

Patriotic banners reminding citizens to vote wave outside the Moffat County Courthouse.

Moffat County turned out in slightly larger numbers on Election Day compared to the last off-election year.

Forty-two percent of registered voters dropped their ballot at the polls, which is a higher percentage than in 2011.

About 3,900 people submitted ballots in 2013 versus the 2011 coordinated election that saw only about 2,700 voters, meaning turnout increased by 11 percent.

In 2012, the turnout was significantly higher at 64 percent, but that was because it was a general election with a presidential vote, said Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod. Turnout was much higher than past coordinated elections.

Voters throughout Moffat County decided on a variety of hot topics, including extending term limits for county elected officials and trying to pursue secession — which ultimately failed.

"Good turnout is typically 25 percent if you're in an off-year," said Tori Pingley, Moffat County deputy clerk.

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Erin Fenner can be reached at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.

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