For a discussion about the sad state of voter turnout, one need look no farther than Roanoke County and Democratic primary last Tuesday. Could it have been any more embarrassing?
There are 67,189 voters in the county. How many turned out? A grand total of 619. That’s not in any one precinct, mind you. That’s across 32 precincts. The final vote total was 646 because 27 people voted absentee. That’s a rate of .96 percent.
Nobody is more upset about this than my friend Ron Adkins, secretary of the three-member Roanoke County Electoral Board. He’s a former county Republican chairman.
Tuesday, Adkins made the rounds of most of Roanoke County’s 32 precincts. And what did he see? Empty polling place after empty polling place.
You have to feel a bit sorry for those election officials, three per precinct, who manned the polls at $145 per day each ($170 for the chief official). The county should supply Xboxes or something so they can play “Call of Duty” to fight the boredom.
“This is the first time I ever went to an election and nobody came,” Adkins said.
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