Calling All Voters: Woodbury County Sees Low Voter Turnout For Primary Election
SIOUX CITY, IA —
Tuesday was primary election day in Iowa and South Dakota, and If you live in the "Hawkeye State" and didn't vote, it looks like you're not alone.
Voters were few and far between at a lot of the precincts in Sioux City Tuesday morning, and unfortunately, it looks like that low turnout is becoming the norm for this type of election.
You could see the signs.
The ballots were lined up and ready, but there was something missing at a lot of the polling places in Sioux City Tuesday.
The primary election didn't draw voters.
"It's a disappointment in the turnout as always," said Woodbury County Commissioner of Elections Pat Gill. "Or at least it seems that way anymore."
"People don't think their voice makes a difference or their vote counts, but it truly does," said Todd Moss, who voted in Tuesday's primary election in Sioux City.
You're probably wondering just how low voter turnout can go.
By 10:30 Tuesday morning the precinct at Irving Elementary only had two voters, by 1:00 there were only five.
"That's kind of disappointing," said Gill. "But in some of those inner city precincts we do have very low turnout there."
Only 1,500 voters turned out across Woodbury County by 11:00 Tuesday morning, those numbers down from the primary election two years ago.
Most metro polling places had just a of voters all day long, but why?
Some think people just don't know when or where to vote.
"I would like to see more publicity on the primaries," said Julie Koson, as she was headed out to vote Tuesday. "Where people know what is going on."
Others don't agree with the state's closed primary.
Voters must affiliate with a political party before they can participate.
"I think there can be some manipulation of the primary vote because people switch parties to assure their opponent on the other side," said Moss. "And so I think that's something that ought to be changed."
But whatever the reason for this voter no-show.
"It's the issues and the candidates that drive the turnout," said Gill. "That's always been the truth and that's the way that it's always going to be."
It seems a lucky few are narrowing the field of candidates before everyone else hits the polls in November.
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