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McLean sees lower turnout at several precincts

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McLean County election officials say the Coronavirus no doubt impacted voting on Tuesday. The usual morning rush did not happen -- one precinct in Bloomington only saw about a dozen voters during that period. Officials say this year is historic, but not in the way they hoped.

Election officials from downtown Bloomington to Illinois State said it was a slow morning for voting. One official described the empty Bone Student Center polling place as surreal.

McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael says even though precincts were doing a lot to make sure voters can sanitize and have peace of mind, many of her constituents told her they were upset polls were open.

“’I’ve gotten a lot of calls and requests from voters and judges that are not happy the election was held today and many of them are feeling disenfranchised," said Michael.

Michael says while it may have been too late to change the date of the primary, there were still adjustments that could have been made to make sure people were able to confidently exercise their right to vote.

“We could have gone to more vote by mail outreach…I’m just afraid this decision has kept a lot of voters from turning out," she added.

On a positive note -- thanks to an early push from election officials, Michael said early voting numbers were up.

Andy Weber

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