Especially Low Turnout During Early Morning Voting
The April 26 special election for the at-large council seat saw low voter turnout in the generally busy morning hours in Georgetown.
Updated 10:30 a.m.
As the early morning "rush" wound down in Georgetown, turnout continued to be low at Precinct 5. At 10:30 a.m. a total of 92 voters had cast their ballot at the Neighborhood Library polling location.
"I try to vote in every election. I think it is an important civic opportunity and a civic duty," said Georgetown resident Ellie Budic. When asked when she knew who she was voting for she replied, "probably this past weekend. Through a combination of research and various endorsements."
Louise Brodnitz. said she decided whom she would vote for just this morning. "I always vote. There was no question. This morning I looked at the Georgetown Current's voter guide, and I liked what Patrick Mara said. My big issue is transportation, transit, and schools," she said.
James Wilcox, who hosted a fundraiser for Vincent Orange at his Georgetown home last week, said he was not totally surprised by the low turnout. "The range of difference of the candidates is relatively small," he said.
Who did he think would win?
"I'm really not sure," he said, adding that whomever could do the best job getting their voters out could probably take the day.
Today, voters in Georgetown and District-wide will vote for the At-Large Member of the District Council, who will fill the seat vacated by Kwame Brown when he was elected Council Chair. From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. to say there was a trickle would be an over statement at Georgetown's Precincts 5 and 6.
At Precinct 5 an election worker said perhaps two or three people had been through to vote by. Precint 6 reported six voters by 7:30 a.m.
An election worker at Precinct 6 said there is generally a small line in the morning before people head to work. Not so today. Usually the morning is a good indicator of the day's turnout he said.
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