Voter turnout low for run-off elections

Published: Jun. 26, 2018 at 4:35 PM CDT
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Voters have not really turned out for the primary run-off elections Tuesday.

Lauderdale County Election Commissioner Jeff Tate says the turnout is not what they had intended, and it is lower than he had hoped it would be. Voting at Coker’s Chapel United Methodist Church in the southeast community had a good turn out as of 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. Tate says the new way of voting is proving is proving it's worth.

"Three weeks ago we had over 8600 ballots cast using the new machines. We had less than a dozen paper jams, which I think it pretty good considering it was the first time using this machine," Tate says.

Tate says there were 514 absentee votes cast in this election, which was low compared to the 800 in the primary.