Primary turnout a record for Mesa County

GOP hits 56%; Dems log 47%

More than half of registered Republicans in Mesa County and just below half of the Democrats turned out to vote in Tuesday’s primary election.

In all, 34,177 Republicans cast ballots in the primary, or 56.2 percent, while 16,256 Democrats, or 47.2 percent, did the same in the mail-in ballot election.

The turnout was far and away the biggest ever for a primary election, Elections Director Catherine Lenhart said. In 2008, about 15,500 people voted in the primary, and in 2006 about 16,500 voters cast primary ballots.

The single largest turnout day for the primary was Election Day, when 3,785 voters cast ballots, Lenhart said. The second-largest turnout day was Monday, when 3,100 people voted, well in excess of the number of ballots mailed in immediately after ballots were mailed out.

“We are thrilled” with total turnout of 37.5 percent approaching 40 percent of all registered voters, Lenhart said.

That percentage reflects the portion of all 72,000 registered voters in the county, including unaffiliated voters, who didn’t receive mail-in ballots but could declare party membership and cast a ballot in that party primary.


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