Primary Races Draw Few Voters to Polls
The primary election is now history, but Erie County's 22 percent voter turnout is disappointing for those who thought some important races would draw more interest.
Senior citizens were excited to cast their ballots Tuesday, but many other people stayed away.
Joe Morris, the director of the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics, said young people are not entirely the blame for low turnout. He said midterm primary elections, historically, have a lot less people coming to the polls.
Morris said some states are trying programs such as same day registration to lure more people to vote.
"Same day voter registration, which is common in many states, hasn't seemed to have that enormous effect that we expected it would," said Morris.
While Tuesday's turnout was 22 percent in Erie County, it was 62 percent for November's Presidential election in 2016 and 87 percent for the Presidential election in 1992.