- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Central Illinois county clerks are reporting very low turnout in the election to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.

The rare September contest held on a Thursday could be part of the reason. Others cite a shortened campaign and having one matchup on the ballot: Republican state Sen. Darin LaHood versus teacher Rob Mellon, a Democrat.

During the July primary, turnout in the district that touches 19 counties was roughly 11 percent. Some counties reported higher and some much lower.

McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael says it’s been slow and turnout may not reach primary levels, when it was 12 percent.

Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb hopes it’ll be at least 10 percent. The county reported 12 percent in the primary.

State Board of Elections officials say no problems have been reported.

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