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Voter Turnout Low Despite Jefferson Vote

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YREKA, Calif. – Despite some important races and controversial issues on the ballot, many voters are staying away from the polls in Siskiyou County.

County Clerk Colleen Setzer said the turnout for Tuesday’s Primary Election was only 38 percent as of Tuesday afternoon; much lower than expected.

“People in Siskiyou County typically exercise their right to vote,” she said. “For this election, turnout has just been really, really slow.”

The ballot includes races for Board of Supervisors and Sheriff, but the most talked-about item has been Measure C, which would create a “Republic of Jefferson” inside Siskiyou County. It is the latest attempt by the county to secede from California, although the ballot measure would not be an official secession if passed.

But those issues have not brought out as many voters as previous elections. In the 2012 Primary, voter turnout in Siskiyou County was 47 percent.

Voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to vote. For a complete list of polling places, click here.