Voter turnout low for Duval County Primary Elections

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Only about 17 percent of registered voters cast their ballots for the 2014 Primary Elections, according to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections.

The voter turn-out in Duval was about 5 percent lower than the 2010 Primary Elections.

Polls were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 199 precincts around Duval County. Only 17 percent of those registered showed up.

("Did you vote today?) "No I didn't," answered Scean Turner. ("Did you know today was Primary Elections?) "No I did not."

Turner is among the overwhelming majority who did not vote in the primary. Leonard Harden did. In fact he rushed out of work to get to the polls on time.

"I had a hard day, my goodness, but I made sure I made it here," said Harden.

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland says in most areas of the county, the races are what drove people to the precincts.

"The top of the ticket drives it and the governor's race, a lot of people didn't feel it was that competitive in that race," said Holland.

Both the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor were blowouts for Charlie Crist and Rick Scott respectively.

Holland says Jacksonville's Ortega neighborhood actually saw strong voter turnout.

"That was campaigning. That was a state house race that was right there, that's where the two guys live and so it was some tough turf for both of them," added Holland.

On the Northside, Latonya and Jason Ellerbe said it wasn't any one race that drew them to the polls.They brought their 2-year-old daughter along to show her that voting is a responsibility.

"It's our duty, we had people fight for us for our right to vote. I think it's very important," said Latonya Ellerbe.


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