Voter Turn Out Low for Primary Election

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Not many people are wearing the I Voted stickers this election, because voter turnout was low as expected.

In the 2003 primaries, 19 percent of registered voters in the county voted, when about 20 percent of voters throughout the state were expected to vote. For this year's primary elections Warren County Clerk, Dot Owens, said about 17 percent of county voters were predicted to show up at the polls for .

"It is a right and a privilege that's why we live in America," said Emily Haynes who votes in all elections.

This year Haynes brought her son.

"We need to let those elected officials know how we feel," Haynes said.

Haynes is teaching her son that you can't complain about the government unless you make your own voice heard and vote.

"It's real easy to sit in the office or different places and complain about high gas prices and different things."

Records show more and more people are registering to vote, but they're just not doing it. According to poll workers, there are many reasons for the lack of voters: They have to work. They forgot, or they don't know where to go. But Owens said there's no excuse for not voting and it boils down to one thing.

"It must be a lack of interest. If you don't get out and vote for somebody, you don't care," Owens said.

Though some precincts did better than others, Election Judge Auston McCay said he was only expecting about 25 people all day to vote at his precinct.

"It's disappointing when you see the state and government has put a lot of money into the elections and come with new machines," McCay said. "You are voting for a leader in your party and it's very disappointing to think 17 percent of the people are electing that leader."

Owens said this election has gone pretty smooth. There has been some confusion on who to vote for, but remember this is a primary election. If you're registered Republican you have to vote Republican. If you're registered Democrat you have to vote Democrat. If you're Independent you'll have to wait until general election to vote.

Haynes said it doesn't matter which party or which election, as long as you vote.

"So he will know to vote when he's able, when he's older," Haynes said about her son.

Owens also said there is always more interest to vote in the general, local and presidential elections. In 2003 about 40 percent of registered voters cast their ballots in the general election. Owens said she's expecting around the same turnout this November.

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