You Tell Us: Why Was Voter Turnout so Low?
Participation in Tuesday's election was particularly low—even for a primary.
Did you vote on Tuesday?
If not, why not?
In Baltimore County, just under 13 percent of voters turned out for Tuesday's election, which was similar to the percentage of voters in Maryland.
|Precinct||Registered voters||Cards Cast||Percent turnout|
|Woodbridge Elementary gym||1449||277||19.1|
|Woodbridge Elementary cafeteria||2488||484||19.45|
|Westowne Elementary gym||2762||348||12.6|
|Westowne Elementary cafeteria||1296||193||14.89|
|Banneker Community Center||2257||391||17.32|
|Hillcrest Elementary School cafeteria||2318||369||15.92|
|Hillcrest Elementary School gym||2209||382||17.29|
|St. Paul Lutheran Church||1867||372||19.93|
|Edmondson Heights Elementary||3023||491||16.24|
Some Catonsville residents told Patch Tuesday they felt like their vote mattered more because the Republican contest was still ongoing.
Maryland’s 2008 presidential primary was held in February. Previous primaries were held in March.
The early April date, and the fact that it coincided with spring break for county schools, led to lower turnout, 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.
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?
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