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Venango beats Crawford County in voter turnout

Submitted Wed, 05/22/2013 - 8:27am by Andy Alm

MEADVILLE – One thing’s for sure… it wasn’t the weather that kept people away from the polls in Crawford County yesterday.  Just 13-percent of Democrats and 17-percent of Republicans bothered to show up to vote.  Melanie Mushrush is director of elections for the county.

“We have approximately 52-thousand registered voters in the county.  And 15-percent of that just doesn’t get it.  I’ve been doing this for six years now, and this is the worst I’ve ever seen.”

Mushrush says her office fielded quite a few calls from people who didn’t even know when the election was.  She says apathy, and a lack of publicity accounted for the widespread disinterest.

“In the past, the newspapers have really done a good job in updating and informing.  I don’t know if it’s a change in staff, or in their priorities, but they haven’t done as good a job in covering this as they have in the past.”

There were no big-ticket races in Crawford County yesterday, but Mushrush says that’s all the more reason to vote.

“The municipal primary, and municipal elections in general, this is where we see our tax dollars spent every day.  Your city councils, borough councils, school boards… people need to pay attention to that.”

Meanwhile in Venango County, where there was a high-profile three-way Republican District Attorney primary, turnout was significantly better —17-percent of Democrats and 30-percent of Republicans.

By the way, Franklin attorney Shawn White won that contest with a whopping 57-percent of the vote.