Voter Turnout Low for 5th District Republican Primary

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

June 8, 2010

The 5th District Republican Primary race is underway Tuesday, and voter turnout in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville is very low. The atmosphere at the Key Recreation Center, a local polling site, is much different Tuesday than what you might see in a November election.

The low turnout is exactly what officials expected.

The Albemarle County Department of Voter Registration & Elections is reporting on voter turnout As of 1pm Tuesday morning, the Albemarle County Department of Voter Registration & Elections reports voter turnout of 2,732 voters. This turnout represents 4.02% of the county's registered voter population.

Rick Sincere, Secretary of the Charlottesville Electoral Board, says voter turnout in the City of Charlottesville was 122 voters, or .04% of registered voters, at 10am Tuesday.

Voters say they can't change the turnout, but they can help decide who will run against Democratic Incumbent Tom Perriello come November's midterm elections.

"I feel that the current administration has messed up this country so bad, from the top all the way down, so I'm going to take any chance I can get to vote anybody that's in, out," said Laura Parmenter.

Many also feel it's important to vote every time they have an opportunity.

"It's not a right, it's a responsibility. We should exercise it every opportunity we're presented," said Vernon Morris.

The next update of voter turnout will be at 1pm.


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