Voter turnout in Marion County was more than 4.5% above the statewide turnout predicted for Tuesday’s primary election. Iowa Secretary of State, Michael Mauro predicted a statewide voter turnout of 12.5%. Of the 24,380 registered voters in Marion County, 4,210 votes were cast, equal to 17.27%. Of the total votes cast, 3,628 or 86% of them were Republican ballots compared to the 582 Democratic ballots.
According to the Marion County Auditor’s office there are 7,018 registered Democrats in Marion County and only 8% of them voted in this year’s primary and of the 8,679 registered Republicans, 42% of them showed up at the polls. In addition, there are currently 8,683 voters in the county who are registered as no party.
The U.S. Senatorial race was the only contested Democratic race in the county and there were seven contested races on the Republican ballot. The Marion County primary election results will become official once they are canvassed by the Board of Supervisors on June 14th.