Low Turnout in Rockingham County

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

Sixth-District Congressman Bob Goodlatte faced his first Republican challenger since he was first elected.

There was also a race for the U.S. Senate Republican Nomination.

Many voters said this election was interesting since Congressman Bob Goodlatte had a challenger, but overall, they said it would not make much of a difference.

Sue McClendon is one of the few voters who showed up to vote in Rockingham County and she said a primary election usually has a low turnout.

"Lack of interest and I think they'll let the rest of us decide who's going to be on the ballot," said McClendon.

This ballot was different than any other year. Congressman Bob Goodlatte had his first challenger in over 20-years.

"I think it keeps him on his toes, you know, that there's a little competition," said Gail O'Donnell, another voter.

Voters said the Republican contest would not bring that many more people out to the polls and Election Officer Martha Floyd said what she saw confirmed the lack of voters.

"Slow, slow. Especially usually when the room is full all the way out, you know, so it's a big difference," said Floyd.

A big difference from what we may see in November, even though some said your vote is more important in this election.

"To me it doesn't make a whole lot of sense because given the turnout is so low, just the citizens of the 6th district are voting, you have much more of an impact in today's election than you will in November," said Joshua Huffman, a voter.

Whether you think you would make a difference or not, voters like McClendon said casting your ballot is the right thing to do in any election.

"It's a privilege we have and I think more people should use their privilege," said McClendon.

Polls closed at 7 p.m.

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