Speak Out: Voter Turnout

Participation in Tuesday's election was particularly low—even for a primary.

Did you vote on Tuesday?

If not, why not?

It was slow going at polls in the early hours at many polling locations.

Patch reported low turnout at precincts in , , , , , and .

Voter turnout , but remained less than usual.

Primary election turnout is traditionally much lower than that of general elections. But elections officials and campaigns alike pinned the especially low turnout in Montgomery County in Tuesday’s primary—14.79 percent of all registered voters vs. 20 percent for typical primary elections—on timing.

Maryland’s 2008 presidential primary was held in February. Previous primaries were held in March.

The early April date, and , some opined. Election fatigue due to intense media coverage of a protracted presidential primary season and redistricting, leading to a lack of familiarity with candidates for some voters, also could have played a part.

“People are just turned off,” .

So what about you? Did you vote? Why or why not? Were you out of town or just “checked out” while the kids were on spring break? Have you had enough of debates and political talking heads on the television?

Why do you think voter turnout was so low?

Speak out. Leave a comment below.

Jeff Hawkins April 04, 2012 at 07:16 PM
@Piotr Irregardless of my cynicism I still went out and voted, I'm one those "idiot" voters I mentioned. Piotr....when I mentioned "inept candidates".... of course that meant that it did NOT include you.........it was that "other" candidate :)), although voter turn-out did go down when you ran :) was the weather bad? :) Piotr, as a long time voter I must say that I am generally disatisfied with the choices we are given, this goes for all the parties involved.
Theresa Defino April 05, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I worked at Maryvale Elementary for about 90 minutes before the close of the polls at 8. Voters were sparse but friendly, with the exception of one. I was there for Jeanne Ellinport, who was running for Board of Education. I was alone the entire time (no other candidate reps). Everyone who I approached was interested and most admitted to a lack of knowledge about the candidates. A few asked me what party Jeanne belonged to. The one unfriendly guy said he would not vote for anyone endorsed by the teachers' union. A couple said they had come out to support the Democratic incumbents for Congress. I drove my daughter to vote but couldn't get her twin to go--too much bother, apparently (he supported Ron Paul). They both had registered for the first time.
Theresa Defino April 05, 2012 at 12:38 AM
He was unfriendly and angry in the way he spoke to me...I am not taking issue with his position.
Roger Horst April 05, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Politics has become a battleground that is unsavory. The people have reached a saturation point in the game of lies, lies and damn lies. Until politicians find a way to ignore the extreme segment of their parties and accomplish meaningful legislation the people will continue to remove themselves from the process. An unhealthy situation for our country.
Jeff Hawkins April 05, 2012 at 01:55 PM
@ Roger Bingo!


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