Low number of voters turn out for primary election Tuesday

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Just over 10 percent of the population of Washington County voted in Tuesday?s primary election, Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said Wednesday.

Unofficial numbers of voters showed that 1,573 people voted in the election, or 10.55 percent, of the 14,916 Washington County registered voters cast a ballot. Widmer said that the numbers are still unofficial until the canvass of the votes is done by the county supervisors.

?Two years ago in the primary we had 22 percent, but that was a presidential year,? Widmer said. ?Four years ago, which would have been an off-year election, the turnout was 14.3 percent.?

Widmer also reported that the soft rollout of required identification for voting had gone well. The requirements will get more stringent during the January 2019 election. At that point, people would no longer be able to sign an oath attesting to who they are and would have to present a photo identification instead, according to Widmer.

?I tell people if they have a driver?s license they are good,? Widmer said. ?That is the easiest way.?

Widmer said that for a registered voter there are many forms of identification that can be used to prove identity, but the one most often used is the driver?s license. Other types of identification can include non-driver?s ID, passport, military ID, veterans ID, or Voter ID card at the polls before they vote. Voters without the necessary ID will be offered a provisional ballot and can provide ID up until the time of the county canvass of votes.

The requirement for voters requesting absentee ballots to have identification went into effect in January of this year.

Widmer commented that election officials had been through special training to prepare them for the implementation of the new law.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors will canvass the results of the primary election held Tuesday following its regular June 12 meeting.


The unofficial results of the election are as follows. Primary winners are marked with an astrict.

U.S. Representative District 2

Democrat Dave Loebsack ? 766

Republican Christopher Peters ? 456



Republican Kim Reynolds ? 634*

Democrat Fred Hubbell ? 492*

Democrat Nate Boulton ? 39

Democrat Cathy Glasson ? 199

Democrat Andrea Andy McGuire ? 29

Democrat John Norris ? 72

Democrat Ross Wilburn ? 19

Libertarian Marco Battaglia ? 9

Libertarian Jake Porter ? 9


Secretary of State

Republican Paul D. Pate ? 599*

Democrat Deidre DeJear ? 423*

Democrat Jim Mowrer ? 290


Auditor of State

Republican Mary Mosiman ? 564

Democrat Rob Sand ? 650


Treasurer of State

Democrat Michael L. Fitzgerald ? 709


Secretary of Agriculture

Republican Ray Gaesser ? 81

Republican Chad Ingels ? 92

Republican Craig Lang ? 136

Republican Mike Naig ? 223*

Republican Dan Zumbach ? 94

Democrat Tim Gannon ? 657


Attorney General

Democrat Tom Miller ? 713


State Senate District 39

Republican Heather Hora ? 460

Democrat Kevin Kinney ? 664


State Representative for District 78

Republican Jarad Klein ? 488

Democrat Kimberly K. Davis ? 622


State Representative District 84

Republican Martin Amos ? 8

Republican Trevor Lynn ? 97

Republican Sheila Matheney ? 7

Republican Joe Mitchell ? 68*

Democrat Jason Moats ? 39


Washington County Board of Supervisors District 3 representative

Republican Abe Miller ? 197


Washington County Board of Supervisor District 5 representative

Republican Richard Young ? 129


Washington County Treasurer

Republican Jeffrey Garrett ? 621


Washington County Recorder

Republican Jo Ellen Greiner ? 627


Washington County Attorney

Republican John Gish ? 579