Light Turnout, Perry Hall Residents Talk Votes

Community members explained who they voted for and why.


Light voter turnout meant were largely line-free around Perry Hall on , election judges told Patch.

By 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, two polls inside had seen a total of just over 250 voters—in the school's cafeteria, precinct 11-12, 174 votes were cast, and in the school's library, precinct 11-18, 79 votes were cast. The proportion of Republican voters slightly outweighed Democrats, according to election judges.

"I've worked the polls for more than 25 years, and this is the lightest I've seen. I attribute that mostly to spring break and early voting," said .

Marks campaigned outside the high school on behalf of Republican , who is competing in the District 2 congressional race.

Perry Hall resident Lamuel Phillips, a Democrat, said his ballot offered few contested races. Still, he said, he wanted to show his support for unopposed incumbent President Barack Obama.

"He has a plan to straighten things out, and I think he's handled things pretty good," Phillips said.

Rita Jones of Perry Hall, a Republican, said her vote for the presidential nominee went to Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor.

"I like Santorum, too, but Romney seems to be the best man for the job. He has business experience. He even looks presidential, doesn't he?" Jones said.

Bill Howard of Perry Hall also arrived at the high school on Tuesday, but in support of a cause, not a candidate.

Howard was collecting names for petitions to get a referendum about Baltimore County's and a referendum about on the general election ballot.

"When it comes to moral issues, people feel more comfortable having a say in it," he said.

Why do you think voter turnout has been light? Tell us in the comments.

Joan Wood April 03, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Very light turn-out......Orems Elementary 110 @ 4:30 Eartern Tech.........160 @ 5:15 Very sad........
Kris April 04, 2012 at 01:03 AM
As a republican, these pathetic options make it tough to defend my party. The poor turnout is no shocker, given the choices are poor, poorer, and poorest.
Brian Houser April 04, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I think the light turnout is for two reasons: one is that the primary season has gone on too long and we're all just tired of it all after I don't even know how many debates and the endless attempts by the media to make this seem interesting. The other is that we resigned to knowing it really won't make a difference. With Romney the presumed GOP candidate, our choice in November will be between two major candidates who won't change anything or a third party candidate who has no chance of winning.
Tim April 04, 2012 at 04:15 AM
The Republicans of the past 2 years have disgusted me so much that the reason I didn't vote in the primary today is because I no longer can. I'm no longer Republican party affiliated. Independent. The only Republicans I ever considered were Jon Huntsman, and Ron Paul to a lesser extent. Today's Republican isn't actually conservative in the truest sense. They just like to think they are. They're brainwashed. This is what Ron Paul keeps spelling out. He's the only classic Republican of the bunch.
CR April 04, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Ah I do enjoy reading a fellow optimist's opinion and thoughts. =)
Paul Amirault April 04, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Picture this, hybrid school board primary and very few bother to vote. Wonder who would win? Ah, Democracy in action is what we will have!
Tim April 04, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Honestly, a hybrid school board will be excellent. Simple reason: Accountability. If turnout is low, it'll be because the incumbent did a good job, and hasn't angered people enough to go out and vote against them. Working as intended. No one showed up for this because it simply didn't matter. Anyone with a clear head knows Romney had this won from 2 months ago.
Josephine Hlatki April 06, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Not being properly publicized didn't help much.


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