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20140401_180831_resizedDespite having one contested race for the Racine County Board and six people running for four Racine Unified School Board seats, most eastern Racine County voters stayed home Tuesday.

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board had anticipated about 12 percent voter turnout.

During lunch, which is normally sees a decent amount of traffic, voters in Sturtevant only numbered 64.

“I don’t know that we’ll get to 10 percent,” Village Administrator/Clerk Mary Cole said. “I thought we’d have more by now with the school board race.”

A total of 203 residents cast ballots out of around 3,500 registered voters.

By six p.m. not many voters had walked through the door at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4340 Six Mile Rd., in Caledonia on Tuesday night. Of the 2,260 registered voters, 135 had cast their ballots.

“You would think people would have come out to vote for the school board election,” said Elizabeth Kocjan, the chief polling inspector. “But they didn’t.”

At about the same time at the Caledonia Community Center, 6156 Douglas Ave., 238 voters had turned out of the 3,253 voters. Turnout at St. Andrews Lutheran Church was a little higher. By 6 p.m., 385 people had voted.

But even in areas where there were more contested races, voter turnout fell below expectations.

Mount Pleasant had contested races with three village board seats open and five candidates running. Still, Deputy Clerk Sue Stearns after the polls closed said average turnout at even the larger polling locations hovered at 10 percent or less.

“Village Hall is usually our busiest location, but we had about 10 percent across the board,” she said.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.