Low turnout predicted for today's primary

Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 06:19 PM.

With early voting going slowly so far, Supervisor of Elections Ida Elliott is predicting a low turnout for Tuesday’s primary election.

“If we have a 30 percent turnout for the whole election, I’ll be pleased,” she said, noting turnout in the primary four years ago was a lackluster 34.4 percent.

She said early voting has been very slow, with only 117 casting ballots in Apalachicola, and 98 in Carrabelle, as of Monday. Contrast this to 2010, when 529 early voting ballots were cast.

“They’re not hardly returning absentees hardly either,” said Elliott.

One change that may boost turnout is Elliott is installing room air conditioners, at her office’s expense, in Precinct 4 at the American Legion Hall, 801 W. US Hwy 98, Apalachicola, which had its air conditioning unit stolen earlier this year.

“We have to have air out there,” Elliott said. “We’re fixing to go through horrible hot weather.”

Early voting for Tuesday’s primary runs through this Saturday, Aug. 23. Election offices in Apalachicola and Carrabelle are open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, and until 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

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