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Johnson County Justice Center turnout projected under 15%


Voters are weighing in on a $43.5 million dollar bond issue that would address current safety and space concerns.

This is the third time the issue of a new jail or justice center has come up on the ballot.

The previous two times coincided with presidential elections and saw much greater turnouts than seen Tuesday. 

Johnson County voters like Terry McDonald are back to weigh in on a proposed justice center for a third time

"It's really going to affect people's taxes one way or the other and they want to make sure they get it right," McDonald said.

Some have made their way to the polls after taking in both sides of two very public campaigns.

"A lot of signs, a lot of people pushing this, about getting out to vote," said Johnson County voter Myron Buchanan

"There's been a lot more advertising of it, where as before I really wasn't aware," said Johnson County voter Grace Hammel.

One group that appears to have been relatively absent from it all.  University of Iowa students can help sway the vote, but early indications suggest many have bypassed the election.

Bill Luzzo voted on the new justice center this past November as part of the presidential election.

Luzzo says he has other priorities this time around.

"I just feel like I'm not really in a place to vote right now, I have a lot of different things going for me," he said. 

In the five predominant student polling places- just a total of 125 votes were cast as of 3:00.

Early satellite voting opportunities catered to students left plenty to be desired as well.

"We thought we might see a couple hundred students here, a couple hundred here and a couple hundred there, and we're just not getting that, so disappointing, as always, we'd like to see the students vote, but we're just not," said Johnson County auditor Travis Weipert.

A light turnout, leaving plenty still up in the air until polls close at 8:00.

"All that trickles down to the taxpayer, so don't miss out on the opportunity to vote for the county's future, whether you're for it, or against it," Weipert said.

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