Election day is here, initial reports indicate turnout up slightly

EUREKA – Tuesday is election day and more than a third of Humboldt County’s 80,000 registered voters were eligible to weigh in on a race.
Voters could cast a ballot in favor of or against a number of new taxes as well as elect trustees to College of the Redwoods and Klamath Trinity school boards. Residents on the peninsula chose whether or not to form a community services district to serve in place of the fire district.
As for turnout 26% of vote by mail ballots had been returned by 1:00p.m Tuesday.
Registrar of Voters Kelly Sanders said that’s a slight uptick as the number of voters typically drops in off-year elections.
Sanders said, “In a bigger election where there a lot of choices it drums up a lot more enthusiasm. It’s tough for the small districts. They’re just as important as any of the state offices. They’re a part of our community. It’s unfortunate that they don’t get as big a turnout but that’s kind of the way it is.”