Whitman County Election Office concerned with low voter turnout

Whitman County Election Office concerned with low voter turnout »Play Video
Voters decide on county-wide levy lid lift to support the general fund.
PULLMAN, WA - Tuesday is Election Day in Whitman County, but the elections department is concerned about poor voter turnout.

It's easy to forget about February Elections, but this one includes a county-wide levy lid lift that will support the general fund. Every registered voter in the county will see it on their ballot, and it would raise property taxes by 22-cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

"Very poor turnout," said Whitman County Election Supervisor Debbie Hooper. "We're sitting at about 25-percent, so we're a little disappointed. It's a lot of work to get ready for a county-wide, and a lot of expense goes into an election."

Hooper said this election could cost a total of $50,000. Pullman Regional Hospital, The Whitman County Library District and many school districts also hope to pass levies today.

If you haven't voted yet, Hooper recommends dropping it in a ballot deposit box as opposed to mailing it. The deadline is 8:00p.m. Tuesday Night. You can also vote at Pullman's City Hall or the Whitman County Elections Center from 8:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. Tuesday.