Our view: County voter turnout numbers
by Daily Mountain Eagle
Mar 18, 2012 | 591 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Voter turnout for last week’s primary elections was definitely low.

Only 27 percent of Walker County’s registered voters filled out ballots Tuesday. The total number of voters county-wide was only 11,785 — one of the lowest totals ever for a presidential primary, according to Walker County Probate Judge Rick Allison.

“I’m hoping it was just people who were going to wait and see who was left standing for the general election,” Allison said.

Statewide voter turnout numbers were not much better than Walker County. Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election showed that 821,853 of Alabama's 2.63 million registered voters participated, or 31.2 percent.

Walker County voters who did make it to the polls Tuesday voted overwhelmingly on the Republican ballot. More than 9,500 voters participated in the GOP primary, while only 2,226 voted on the Democratic ballot.

Many local Democrats and independents probably crossed over to vote in the Republican primary due to the presidential nomination on that ticket, but the numbers show that Walker County has transformed to a mostly Republican county, a process that has been years in the making and was pretty evident in the 2010 elections.

Many residents are probably fed up with politics, especially at a national level, but that should challenge more voters to let their voice be heard.

The general election should see much more participation in Walker County and across the state. There are several months until November, which gives area residents time to make an educated choice by becoming familiar with each candidate. The Eagle will do its part to help in that education process by providing coverage of each campaign and how candidates stand on issues important to each elected position.

– Daily Mountain Eagle