Old Louisville Poll Sees Low Morning Turnout

by Dalton Main on May 17, 2011

It’s primary election day for state offices, but voter turnout is low.

A polling location on South Fourth Street was eerily quiet at around 11:00 this morning. The polls at Lampton Baptist Church had seen only about a dozen voters 5 hours after the polls opened.

Poll worker Deborah O’Gorman says she didn’t notice the usual spirits of Election Day.

“I mean when I was talking to people during the election training and going out and casting people to vote,  they said they just didn’t feel like it was election time it wasn’t anything like the fun ‘do-do-do-do-do’…you know all that stuff,” she says “it just didn’t feel like it, maybe in November, you know when people leave, you say see ya in November, one guy said ‘what’s November?’”.

Secretary of State Elaine Walker has predicted a low voter turnout of around nine percent.  O’Gorman says she believes the candidates did not do a good job of getting the word out and talking to the people. She says the race may have seemed like a foregone conclusion.

“Primary is when independent people come and say’ we can’t vote?’ so they now made fliers to put on the table showing them that they can’t vote,” she says “last year we had a lot of people upset with us because they couldn’t vote during primary.”

Kentucky laws don’t allow independents to vote in the primary elections. The polls at Lampton Baptist Church, where O’Gorman was, had only seen about a dozen voters 5 hours after the polls opened.

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