Primary Turnout Still Low Despite Hot Races

Brian Tseng for Civil Beat

UPDATED 8/13/12 10:30 a.m.

Voter turnout for Saturday's primary election didn't pick up much from the last time there was a presidential campaign underway, despite a hot Honolulu mayor's race and a historic campaign for the open U.S. Senate seat.

With figures finalized early Sunday morning, 42.3 percent of registered voters had cast primary ballots. That means that of the 688,000 people registered for the primary, less than 291,000 ended up voting.

That's better than the 2008 primary, when 36.9 percent of registered voters participated in the election. But it's down slightly from two years ago when 42.8 percent of voters cast ballots in a race that included a fight for governor as well as competitive congressional races.

In this year's primary, Democrats represented 34 percent of registered voters who cast ballots, while Republicans produced a turnout of 7 percent.

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