Politics & Government
5:35 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Low Turnout Expected For Run-off Primary

Low voter turnout is expected at the polls Tuesday when a second primary takes place.

Jeff Tiberii: Election officials expect less than five percent of eligible voters to cast ballots. The races will decide party candidates for five statewide positions. George Gilbert is Director of Elections for Guilford County. He says the only time he remembers strong turnout for a second primary was in 1990 for a democratic runoff between then Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt and then Brunswick District Attorney Mike Easley with the winner taking on U.S. Senator Jesse Helms.

George Gilbert: We actually had more voters in the second primary than we had in the first primary. But you can see why, given that it was a high profile race. All of the other second primaries have been like this one in which most people don’t even know who the candidates are and have very low turnout.

Polls open in most of the state Tuesday morning at 6:30.