The Elections Commission expects turnout today to be between 13 percent and 18 percent, based on recent spring elections that featured a contested DPI race, but no challenger to a sitting Supreme Court justice.
Not counting presidential primaries that have been held on the April general election, turnout for statewide spring races has averaged 19.3 percent since 2000.
But there have been only two featuring a contested state superintendent race and an unopposed Supreme Court justice. In 2001, turnout was 13.74 percent as Elizabeth Burmaster beat Linda Cross and Justice David Prosser was unopposed. In 2005, 17.14 percent of the state’s voting age population turned out as Burnmaster beat then-GOP state Rep. Gregg Underheim and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley was unopposed.