Sampson County voters seemed uninterested in making their way to the polls Tuesday for the primary runoff election which was seeing extremely low turnout across the state.
“The turnout has been very, very low,” said Donna Marshburn Board of Elections director. “A lot of people didn’t turn out in the county, it seems as if they were just not aware or not interested.”
North Carolina voters headed to the polls Tuesday for runoff elections that will choose statewide party nominees for congressional and legislative races, as well as contenders for lieutenant governor.
In the 23 precincts in Sampson County, only 48 in total had voted by 10 a.m., noted Marshburn.
“It is going to be a long night,” she said.
At the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center, Alison Wrench, Belinda Ward and Jane Brewer waited patiently for voters to step up to the two polling booths situated there.
“We have been averaging one person every two hours,” Wrench said. “So far, we have had two voters come in.”
Voting included five runoffs for Council of State positions, the biggest being the battle for lieutenant governor between Tony Gurley and Dan Forest, both Republicans. There were also runoffs for insurance commissioner, secretary of state and state school superintendent.
Marshburn said Sampson County had 47 absentee voters; and 54 one-stop voters.
“There are state races,” she said. “I don’t expect we will see those numbers rise today.”
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