Primary Election Recap: Low Turnout

By Alex Rose

Published 08/27 2014 11:20PM

Updated 08/27 2014 11:25PM

Winooski, Vt.- “I think it's an important part of participating in a democracy,” said Vermont voter Sam Russo.

There may not have been many contested races, but Sam Russo still voted in Vermont's primary Tuesday.

With 88% of precincts reporting as of Wednesday night, the Secretary of State's office says only 32,000 people cast their ballots.

Even with 12% of precincts still not reported, turnout will likely be less than 10%.

Winooski City Clerk Carol Barrett says this is becoming a trend.

“In the last three primaries, I think we've seen a very low turnout,” Barrett said.

“Across the board it possibly could be due to the fewer number of competitive races that are happening,” Russo said. “Winooski had a more competitive primary, so more people turned out for that.”

Fox44 / ABC22 is calling a victory for incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin in the Democratic Primary, as well as Bill Sorrell in the democratic Attorney General Primary.

In the Republican Primary for Governor, Scott Milne will be the nominee.

Along with Governor Shumlin, he will face familiar opponents: Independent Emily Peyton and Libertarian Dan Feliciano in November.

Several factors may have led to the low turnout.

“I think a lot of people are generally happy with the way things are going in Vermont so they tend to not want to change the Government, so they just assume it's going to be the same if they don't come out and vote,” Russo said.

Plus the secretary of state says an off presidential year often has a low turnout. In addition there weren't a lot of contested races this year.

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