Crawford Road election date set

Crawford Road election date set
Voters will go to the polls to decide the fate of Crawford Road on Nov. 7.

Initiative petitions with a sufficient number of signatures were filed with city hall April 20 to challenge the Vermillion City Council's decision not to extend the road.

During its regular meeting on May 1, the city council decided to place the issue on the ballot at the time of the general election for a number of reasons, including voter turnout.

"There were some concerns about the number of items that will be on the general election ballot, but voter turnout was also discussed (during the meeting)," said City Finance Officer Mike Carlson.

More people usually go to the polls for general elections, compared to special elections, he said. Case in point, according to Clay County Auditor Ruth Bremer, voter turnout for the last general election in November of 2004 was 67.2 percent. That compares to 7.81 percent voting in the recent school board election.

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