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Poor turnout for Linn County Special Election
by Staff report · August 10th, 2017

The Linn County Supervisors will each represent a district in which they live based on the results of the election on August 1. Voters overwhelmingly supported Plan 3, which divides the county into three similarly-sized districts based on population. Each will be represented by a supervisor. The plan received more than 70 percent of the votes countywide and more than 79 percent in the 14 combined Marion precincts.

A total of 1,398 people cast ballots in the special election from Marion out of the 26,521 registered voters. That is barely over five percent of voters registered in Marion and just under the 6.26 percent voter turnout for the entire Linn County.

The rejected representation plans were option one, which would have the three supervisors chosen at large by all voters in the county. Option two was to have supervisors represent a district in which they live, but all voters in the county would vote for the three supervisors.

The most popular, option three earned 6,669 votes countywide, or 71.43 percent of the ballots cast. Plan two had 1,419 votes (15.20%), and plan one had 1,248 votes (13.37%).

Last fall, voters reduced the size of the board from five supervisors to three, which required a new representation plan. A petition asking for a special election to determine the representation plan had more than 12,800 signatures, more than the total who voted in the special election.
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