Voter turnout in primary election was lowest in a decade

Associated PressSeptember 17, 2012 

JUNEAU -- Turnout in last month's primary election in Alaska appears to be the lowest in a decade.

Unofficial results from the Division of Elections put voter turnout at 25.4 percent. That would be the lowest turnout in a primary since 2002, when an estimated 25.3 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

An estimated 40.6 percent of voters turned out for the 2008 primary, which included a hotly contested Republican U.S. House primary, while turnout reached 33.7 percent for the 2010 primary, which featured races for U.S. Senate and House and the governor's office.

Turnout in 2004 was an estimated 28.2 percent and in 2006, 35 percent.

This year's primary didn't have a high-profile race for the state's sole House seat, and there were no U.S. Senate or gubernatorial races.

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