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Article updated: 3/27/2013 5:14 AM

Primaries: Low voter turnout, big cost to taxpayers

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Critics complain that primary elections are being used to settle intraparty spats at a hefty cost to taxpayers while proponents argue the cost is justified to give voters the final say in who will represent the party on the final ballot.

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Most suburban taxpayers didn't get to vote in the February primaries, but they all covered the bills for them. They paid an estimated $130 per vote in DuPage County for 67 Aurora votes. They paid about $125,000 in Cook County for 2,900 Republican voters in Palatine Township. "We have to do everything for a primary that we do for a regular election," said McHenry County Clerk Katherine Schultz. "It's very expensive."
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