April 15, 2005
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Tilot, Jim Morrison
Hobart wins Project VOTE’s Voter
– Project VOTE today awarded its Voter Challenge trophy to the
of Hobart for having the highest
voter turnout percentage in Brown
in the April 5 election.
Hobart led municipalities in the
county with a 37 percent voter turnout April 5. The percentage is based on the
number of registered voters in the municipality.
It marked the second consecutive spring election in
which Hobart won the Voter Challenge award. The
village of Howard won the award for the fall
Project VOTE presented the traveling trophy to
Hobart Village President Richard Heidel at a news conference this morning at
Green Bay City
Hall. Hobart will keep the trophy at
least until the spring 2006 election.
villages of Allouez and Denmark, each with a 32 percent
turnout April 5, rounded out the top three.
Project VOTE (Voice of the Electorate) is a local
nonpartisan group working to increase voter turnout and awareness in
Brown County. The group organized the
Voter Challenge a year ago as a competition among
Brown County municipalities to encourage
voters to go to the polls.
Glen Tilot and Jim Morrison, co-chairs of Project
VOTE, congratulated the citizens of Hobart for winning the award for
the second time.
“The people of Hobart clearly take their civic
responsibility seriously,” Tilot said. “They set a good example for voters in
Morrison added, “We started the Voter Challenge as a
friendly competition to get people talking about the importance of voting. It’s
nice to see a municipality like Hobart respond in a very positive
Overall, 18 percent of eligible voters in
Brown County voted in the April 5
election. Project VOTE expressed disappointment with the continued low turnout
for spring elections.
“These are important elections that have a major
impact on communities,” Morrison and Tilot said. “We will continue our efforts
to encourage voters to go to the polls every time they have the opportunity.”
In addition to the Voter Challenge, Project VOTE
efforts include candidate forums, public service announcements, yard signs and
media releases. To learn more about Project VOTE, visit the group’s Web site at