How Low Can You Go?

Georgia's July 20th primary election did not garner an encouraging voter turnout with only 30 percent of voters casting ballots statewide.

Voters say the even lower turnout for Tuesday's runoff primary was even more disappointing.

Grady Davies says, "I wish there was something we could do to get more people to turnout. This is one of the few privileges as American citizens and I think people should take advantage of that."

Thomas County election officials predicted a three to five percent turnout locally.

To put that into perspective, John Rosner says, "Today we had one person in the first hour, since then we average about three an hour."

Poll workers say there is usually a low turnout for Georgia’s primary elections so they came prepared with the necessary gear like books and crossword puzzles to pass the time, and in addition to fewer voting booths, John adds, "We have less people working, less supplies for the election."

Of the more than 1,200 active voters assigned to the Harper Elementary precinct, about 100 people are expected by the time the polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

Davies says though he'd like to see more voters lined up a low turnout does mean at least one good thing for him.

"I'm going to get through here quick!" he says.


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