Voter turnout was light throughout the River Bend for the consolidated election on Tuesday as storms hampered voters that may have tried to go to the polls in the morning.  Interest in consolidated elections are traditionally lower than races in the fall.  Madison County Clerk Debbie Mendoza had hoped to see about 20% turnout, but she says the numbers were well short of that.  The final turnout number was less than 13%, according to Mendoza.


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 It was a similar story in Macoupin County, where 4,264 people cast ballots, making for 13.6%.   But Jersey County showed nearly 30%, which many believe to be due to a couple of hotly debated ballot issues - a 1% sales tax hike for school facilities and the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law or PTELL.


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