Low voter turnout leads to frustration

On this Primary Election Day, in some places, a large number of people are electing to stay away from the polls.

“This is about the lowest I’ve ever seen,” said Election Inspector Elaine Molenda. “I don’t know, the weather’s just grand for them to get out.”

After 9 ½ hours in operation, the polling place at Coquillard School in South Bend had seen just 47 ballots cast. That’s an average of about five voters per hour. “Out of 961 people registered to vote, we only had 47 all day, I’m really disappointed,” said Molenda.

In fact, Coquillard was open for more than an hour before its first voter wandered in to cast a ballot.

“Some places are reporting in that it is pretty slow turnout where others sounds like it’s been a lot more average, but obviously there’s not a ton of contested races on the ballot this year,” said St. Joseph County Democratic Party Chairman Jason Critchlow.

At St. Joseph County Democratic Headquarters, volunteers were working the phones on behalf of congressional hopeful Joe Bock.

At the fire station at Western and Gladstone, the day’s 68th voter cast a ballot at 3:00, which came out to an average of about seven voters per hour.

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