Turnout low as primaries approach

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the primary election quickly approaching, many still don't know much about the candidates. And election commissioners wondering if voters will show up on Tuesday.

"Voting is really essential for our democracy," said Pulaski County Election Commissioner Chris Burks. "If no one votes, the few people that do show up, make all the decisions."

Typically, turnout for the general election in November is higher than in the spring. But looking back on 2012's primary season, voter turnout was twice as much as it is in 2014.

"Turnout is low this year but I think it's because you don't see the competitive primaries that we've seen in past years," Burks said.

Two years ago, nearly 8,000 people voted early. But this year, just under 4,000 did.

In order to vote in the primary, you'll need to have registered 30 days before the election. But it's not too late to register for the runoff election in June.

"People get real excited and heated come election season so we haven't seen a lot of that in Arkansas just yet but I bet we can expect a lot this fall," Burks said.


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