May election brings up more questions about turnout of voters.

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By Zach Smith
Holt Journal staff writer

For Tom Cunningham, election times are the busiest times of the year.

Cunningham, head custodian at Midway Elementary, says he comes to work early on election days to set up booths dropped off by the township.

“It’s not the highlight of my job, but I don’t mind it,” he said.

He said that for the last two elections, in November and February, the turnout at his precinct has been just over a hundred people, which is very low.

Cunningham also said that for the presidential election in 2008, the turnout was amazing.

“We had people waiting in line down the hallway,” he said.

He said that when the township puts on May elections, the turnout is usually the lowest of the year, but with the sludge dryer up for a vote he expects it to be higher.

Many residents are worried that having such an important piece of legislation such as the sludge dryer on the ballot in May might lower the knowledge of what people are paying for with their taxes.

Alex Mazzoni has been a resident of Holt for 22 years.

“I vote mainly for only the big elections every four years,” Mazzoni said.

He added that when votes at Sycamore Elementary, it isn’t really busy and he hasn’t had any trouble.

He doesn’t know if he’s going to vote in May on the sludge dryer.

“As of now no, I don’t know what it is,” he said.

Evan Hope, Delhi Township clerk, voted for having the vote in May and is in charge of election results for Delhi Township.

He said that there is generally a lower voter turnout in May than other election dates.

On the Delhi Township website, there are statistics about the turnout of past elections.

The turnout for the 2008 presidential election was 78.69 percent.

For the last two Republican Primaries in the township, Mitt Romney has won both. The first, in 2008, had a 22.69 percent turnout and the 2012 vote had an 18.4 percent turnout.

Still, the May vote has a historically low turnout. The highest in the past five years was in 2007 when 8.65 percent came out to vote for the Holt Public School Board.

At the meeting where the township board voted on when to hold the election, many citizens opposed to having the vote in May.

Some are worried that the township is rushing this project and that there would be more funding later.

Others, who are support voting in May, aren’t as sure that the funding will come again and want to get what they can while they have the chance.

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