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Voter turnout in McIntire couldn't be any lower for special election

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McINTIRE | Suppose you had an election and nobody showed up to vote.

That's what happened Tuesday in this Mitchell County community, population, 110.

There were two ballot issues: Should the term of the mayor be changed from two years to four years, and, should the terms of council members be changed from two years to four years (staggered).

"Didn't even the poll workers vote?," Deputy Auditor Barbara Baldwin was asked. "None of the three poll workers live in McIntire," she said, "so they couldn't vote. We had to get them from Riceville.

"I've been with the auditor's office for 28 years and we've had low voter turnouts in the past, but nothing like this," Baldwin said with a laugh. "This is definitely a first."

There are 70 registered voters in McIntire.

Baldwin said the poll workers stayed on the job for nine hours. Election costs, including paying for the ballots and publication of legal notices, could reach $500.

Meanwhile, the terms of the mayor and council members will remain two years; the vote was unanimous in its own way. 

— John Skipper


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