Voter Turnout Lowest in 30 Years for Primaries

Aug 22, 2012

Voter turnout for the primary election this year was the lowest in over thirty years. Just under 50% of registered voters came to cast their ballots. State Election Director, Peggy Nighswonger, says she’s not sure why the numbers are down.

"None of our congressional races were close. There were some close legislative races. But usually turnout is kind of generated by some close local races, you know commissioner races, or…those kinds of things, that kind of bring the turnout up. I really don’t know what the apathy is all about here." 

Nighswonger says turnout is normally higher in the general election, especially on Presidential election years, and expects better numbers in November.