Knox County primary sees low voter turnout

Knox County primary sees low voter turnout

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The Knox County Election office said 27,966 votes were cast in Tuesday's primary election. That amounts to roughly one out of every ten registered voters in the county. The Knox County Election office said 27,966 votes were cast in Tuesday's primary election. That amounts to roughly one out of every ten registered voters in the county.
Playing an active role in selecting those local leaders is something Maryville College associate professor of political Mark O’Gorman said is key for our daily lives. Playing an active role in selecting those local leaders is something Maryville College associate professor of political Mark O’Gorman said is key for our daily lives.
By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Election office said 27,966 votes were cast in Tuesday's primary election. That amounts to roughly one out of every ten registered voters in the county.

6 News asked Knox County residents about what was keeping them away and there were varied reasons.

"I think a lot of people have become cynical with politicians in general," Logan Wells said.

Logan is one of the many Knox County registered voters who did not cast a ballot Tuesday.

Logan said even though he knew the names and faces from campaign signs, he did not feel there was enough talk about the issues.

"We are an incentive based society so if I knew what was going to change from the candidates maybe that would be more of an incentive for me to vote," Logan said.

Others said they did not vote in part because they didn’t know enough about the candidates.

"It's kind of hard to get behind something you're not even sure what the end outcome is going to result in," Knox County resident Jeff Renfro said.

"I'm probably indicative of a lot of people and we're incredibly busy,” George Waller said. “We're distracted. A lot of us are overwhelmed with just everything going on in our life."

Playing an active role in selecting those local leaders is something Maryville College associate professor of political Mark O’Gorman said is key for our daily lives.

"Day to day workings of these elections is important,” O’Gorman said. “Voters forget that."

O’Gorman said even though presidential elections and gubernatorial races generate more public interest, it’s these local races that likely affect us more on a daily basis.

"Everything from fixing the potholes to making sure our deeds and trusts are maintained to basically helping make sure our drivers licenses are processed," O’Gorman said.

6 News did speak with one Knox County voter who said he has never missed an election, including the primaries.

"I think it's important for everybody to kind of pay attention of what's going on in their area you know there's no point in voting if you don't know what you're voting for but having said that it's no fair complaining unless you partake in the system," David Gwin said.
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