Saturday's Election Receives Low Voter Turn Out - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/15/04

Saturday's Election Receives Low Voter Turn Out

Early voting was slower than in past elections. City officials were hoping Saturday would make up for it. Unfortunately, voter turn out was slow again. We stopped by several polling locations around town, including Wheelock and Brown Elementary, and they all had one thing in common: low voter turn out.

For instance just around noon, only 35 people had stopped at Wheelock Elementary to vote. The numbers were similar at Brown Elementary with a count of just 30 voters. At Honey Elementary, 135 people voted. But despite voter turn out, that didn't stop District Four candidates Dan Burns and Phyllis Jones, who were at Honey early in the afternoon for some last-minute campaigning.

Elections Administrator Dorothy Kennedy says that even though voters face many choices, the turnout so far is disappointing for them. "There's a ton of choices on the ballot. That's what's kind of frustrating for the election judges, the city, the school and our office as well, because they do have choices and other times they don't have choices, but this time they have some great choices that they can make," says Dorothy.

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