Voter turnout down in Urbana Democratic primary election

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Urbana was prepared to handle up to 5,000 voters in Tuesday's Democratic primary election, but thanks to the weather and the low-profile race, numbers were down.

Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten said Tuesday's election was normally the lowest turnout election, and Tuesday's weather certainly didn't help.

On the ballot was Democratic nominations for mayor and city clerk.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Hulten said Urbana had 1,243 votes.  He added they were hoping for 2,000 or 3,000 votes by the time the polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Eight years ago, when Urbana had its last contested primary election for mayor, Urbana had almost 5,000 votes citywide.

"We've always voted no matter what the weather rain or shine, 3 feet of snow because you know you should vote. If I was a candidate and knowing I needed votes and people didn't come out and vote you know it's an important thing," said Sam Samet a regular voter.

In the race for city clerk, the winner is decided Tuesday.  As for the winner of the mayoral primary, he or she will advance to the general election April 9.

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