TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -Today was a busy day for local election leaders. Before the polls closed and the votes were counted at Tupelo City Hall, an election worker told WTVA that voter turnout was low today.
“It has been fairly slow, but steady. We didn’t have as many people as I thought would be here," said Election Official Mary Rainey. "But of course we only had two candidates.”
Rainey worked at the Ward 7 council-person run-off precinct in Tupelo. She said she was disappointed in today’s crowd.
Voter Joe Ruff showed up at his polling place to cast his vote. He said he also finds it disheartening to see only a few people participating in an election.
“It’s very important that I get out and exercise my right to vote," said Ruff. "Regardless of what election is on the ballot, I’m coming out to vote.”
Rainey said she hopes voter turnout will be better for future elections.
“I do wish people would be considerate and come out vote because a lot of the candidates put a lot of effort into doing those things that it takes to be elected," said Rainey.
Of course, turnout will seem smaller because people can only vote for runoffs in their party. However, Rainey said even though that was the case, turnout was still lower than usual.