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
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