The largest number of Cole County voters are in the 55-64 age group, Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer told the County Commission last week.
The 55-64 age group accounted for 23 percent of Cole County's voters in the April municipal election — 1,800 — and 22.4 percent of the county's voters in the November 2018 general election — 7,558 — according to data provided by Korsmeyer.
The 65-75 age group accounted for 26.2 percent of voters in April and 18.1 percent of voters in November.
Korsmeyer told the County Commission he continues to want to see more young people voting.
There are 51,553 registered voters in Cole County. The 7,849 votes cast in the April election represented a voter turnout of 15.2 percent. It cost the county $52,979.25 to conduct the municipal election.
By comparison, the 33,737 ballots cast among 53,240 registered voters in the November 2018 general election represented a 63.3 percent voter turnout. It cost $71,556.60 to conduct that election.
After inspecting Cole County's 28 voting locations, Korsmeyer told the commission, he did not feel any changes were needed. The county clerk is required to do an inspection report of voting precincts annually.
The only elections to be held in Cole County this year were municipal elections in April.
This article and its headline were edited at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019, to correctly characterize the 55-64 age group as the largest number of Cole County voters in the two previous elections.