GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — An off-year election primary didn’t drive many people to the polls this year judging by early voting totals and gauging activity at a handful of voting locations across Guilford County.
The numbers show just 3 percent of voters turned out for early voting in the 10 days preceding Election Day. That’s 10,854 votes cast out of a 349,590 registered voters.
FOX8 talked to several people who said they just weren’t informed enough to want to cast a vote.
A proliferation of candidates might have something to do with that, there were 11 Republicans vying for the spot vacated by Congressman Howard Coble alone.
On Tuesday, election judges oversaw slow locations from downtown to the north end of Greensboro.
Jake Gebby was able to visit one polling place at Cathedral of His Glory on Lake Jeanette Road.
Gebby said casting his ballot sends the right message to his kids who are in college. He also feels if he doesn’t vote there’s a possibility that no one will.
“I know off elections — when there’s not a presidential candidate before voters — a lot of folks don’t come out,” said Gebby.