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County Clerk ‘Disappointed’ with LCCC Bond Election Turnout

Joy Greenwald, Townsquare Media
Joy Greenwald, Townsquare Media

Laramie County Clerk Debra Lee says Tuesday’s weather is partially to blame for what she’s calling a “disappointing” special election turnout.

Lee says 22 percent of registered voters cast their ballots in the Laramie County Community College bond election, but she was “hoping for a higher turnout.”

“The 2013 LCCC bond election turnout was 23.75 percent,” said Lee. “I was hoping to beat the 2013 record (and) at least get a quarter of the registered voters to come out.”

“But I am quite certain that the weather was a factor because 57 percent of our voters are over the age of 50,” Lee added.

Voters overwhelmingly defeated the $29.5 million bond measure, which would have helped fund building projects at LCCC.

“We were glad to see a significant number of voters actually come out on kind of a crummy weather day for a single item,” said LCCC President Dr. Joe Schaffer. “So the turnout was actually pleasing to us, just the outcome and where the votes fell wasn’t what we were hoping.”

The county canvassing board will meet tomorrow (Thursday) to certify the results.

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