Low Voter Turnout

Primary Election Day is here and with low turnout in some places, you might not even notice. Bill Stamps stopped by a polling precinct on West Gray to see how things are going.


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The polling loaction at Wharton Elementary on West Gray opened at 7 am like all the others in the Houston area. But there wasn’t exactly a crowd of people waiting to vote, and by noon election judge Kenneth Macpherson said things hadn’t really improved much.

“It’s a little bit slow. We had 169 early voters in this precinct. Right now it’s 217. Between 9:30 and 11:30 we had thirteen voters.”

If you do the math, they had less then 50 people show up all morning. Some political observers were predicting a low turn out, but Macpherson says he didn’t think it would be this bad. He’s hoping more people voters will show up this evening.

“A lot of people come before work and then at lunchtime a little bit of a pick up and then yeah, after work, after five o’clock there will be a little bit of a pick up.”

Late last week the Harris County Clerk’s Office said the number of people who had voted early was nearly double the amount they had in ’06. That’s another reason fewer people may actually show up to vote today.

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