Tuesday's voter turnout: Lowest in ND since 1980
One thing is clear from the primary election. A lot of people stayed home.
So what was it? Laziness? Lack of interest? Or do elected officials and their issues not appeal to
Of the 150,000 people in town, only 17,000 voted; the lowest turnout in North Dakota since 1980.
Primary elections tend to draw fewer voters compared to the general election, but less than 15% of our city went to a polling place.
Maybe it takes this to remind us what some people will go through in order to vote.
Take a spin around the world to see how lines of voters in third world countries sometimes stretch for more than a mile; how some people around the globe may never vote because it is not allowed.
Enough of the guilt trip. Why did so many in Fargo stay home from the polls?
Cody Avalos- Fargo: “I don't really care for politics. Certain things I have views on. I was born and raised in Texas, and some of the views from there are different from here.”
Roger Reierson- Fargo: “You would think we would do a better job as a city to educate people on voting and how important it is.”
Conner Swanson- Fargo: “I know people are apathetic and don't care about most of it, but I think it is something parties can work on issues and things.”
And then there are people who never miss an election, seasoned voters who have been around awhile, who know are history and know about the privilege of casting a ballot.
Steve Gorman- Fargo: “I do vote; every election.”
Remember we showed you this earlier in the story; what some people will do to vote.
Less than a week after we marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, this is what some other people did, in order for us to vote.
“It is hard to believe people take this place for granted and don't partake.”
Statewide, voter turnout barely cracked 17% for Tuesday's election.