Jennifer Gilmore removes her card from the voting machine at the Seward County Activity Center earlier today while her husband Scott casts his vote on another machine. The Liberal City Commission primary election took place today, and voter turnout was light. L&T photo/Earl Watt
Did online poll project winners?
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
While candidate interest may have been high in the Liberal City Commission election, voter enthusiasm did not seem to follow.
Voters trickled in to the Seward County Activity Center despite freezing temperatures this morning. Only a few were voting at the same time, and there were moments when no votes were being cast at all.
The weather may have been a factor, and it certainly limited the opportunity for advance voting, which was also low.
Only 189 ballots were cast prior to today’s election, not counting mail-in ballots, according to Seward County Deputy Clerk Crystal Clemens.
Voters are choosing the eight city commission candidates that will advance to the general election April 2. Currently, there are 14 on the ballot.
Results are expected around 8 p.m. when the polls close, according to the Seward County Clerk’s office.
The Leader & Times conducted an online poll, and if those who voted in the unscientific exercise are any indication, the news is good for Dave Harrison, Joe Denoyer, Dario Beltran and Dean Aragon. Those four led the online poll.
The next four that would have advanced if the online voters had their say would be Tim Long, Ron Warren, Julio Jimenez and Jack Carlile.
The six that would have been eliminated would have been Lana Gudgel, Logan Clay Smith, Ivanhoe Love, Jr., Dale Harrold, Candace Koehn and John Blackmore.
The poll itself limited voters to one attempt per computer, but it was possible for multiple entries should a person be inclined to vote at a second machine.
More than 300 responders cast 1,100 votes on the online poll as of 9 a.m. today.
Of course, the online poll is only virtual reality. The only votes that matter are those cast at the Seward County Clerk’s office as advance votes, and those cast at the Activity Center today.
Those results will be posted at leaderandtimes.com as soon as they are released tonight, and anyone wishing to comment on the results can do so by using the new feature on the Leader & Times web site at the bottom of the story.