Voter Turnout 'Steady' at Georgetown Precincts
Many say they vote out of civic duty, but few express excitement about the candidates in Tuesday's primary.
Primary election turnout Tuesday is "steady" according to election workers at the Christ Church, though campaign volunteers at both Georgetown precincts said they wished more voters would come out and cast ballots.
Election workers at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts reported that 101 Democrats and 41 Republicans had turned out to vote there as of noon Tuesday.
Patch spoke to voters at the 5th and 6th precincts and most said they came out to vote in the local and federal election out of a sense of civic duty.
"Things don't change unless you vote," said Kerry Waters, who cast her ballot around lunchtime at the Duke Ellington school with her mother — a self-proclaimed "FDR Democrat."
Karey Rivers said she came out in part because the District Council "is a mess."
Rivers said though she "certainly" wasn't going to vote for incumbent Council member Vincent Orange, she was torn between his at-large challengers, Sekou Biddle and Peter Shapiro.
She voted for Shapiro, in part because she "loved" a robocall from Shapiro's mother. She felt that he had the right message about what he would do and was positive.
But over at the 5th Precinct, Joanna Sturm said that robocall lost Shapiro her vote. She voted for Biddle partly because she thought he had the best chance of winning Tuesday.
Sturm said it did not really bother her that most of the races were uncontested.
"It doesn’t really bother me, but we could do something about it," she said.
Others came out more to make their pick for president.
The one Republican Patch spoke with, who declined to give his name, said he voted for Mitt Romney and said it was his "American duty" to vote.
Waters admitted she was not particularly informed about local races, but said she wanted to support President Barack Obama by voting in the primary.
"I want to keep Obama in the White House," she explained.
Check back with Patch later this evening for updates on turnout and election night results.
Adam McDonald contributed to this report.