Important races, but low voter turnout for Alabama’s primary runoff

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The lines definitely weren’t long for Tuesday’s primary runoff election.  Most Madison County voters were done with their civic duty in five minutes or less.

The official turnout was less than 5 percent, our news partner Al.com reports.  Statewide, about 8 percent of voters participated in the election.  See results here.

First Baptist Church in Meridianville is among the larger polling places in northern Madison County.  However, you wouldn’t know that judging by the crowd, or lack of it.

Lisa McGraw was surprised to learn from poll workers she was only voter number 25 when she came in Tuesday morning.

“You know, we get excited every four years for the presidential election and I would hope that maybe someday we can get as excited about the local elections here,’ said McGraw.

The most excitement in Madison County was generated by the Republican runoff between Matt Massey and Ronnie Blair for Superintendent of Education.  Massey won the race and essentially wins the seat, because he doesn’t face a Democratic opponent in November.

McGraw said that race is one of the reasons she voted.

“All politics is local, and it’s important that we educate ourselves and make sure our voices are heard and we are all stakeholders in this,” McGraw said.

Madison County Elections Administrator Frank Barger couldn’t agree more.

“I would encourage folks to get out and vote.  These offices, these leaders that we will have in place will be doing important work,” said Barger.

As one Meridianville resident put it — voting is a civic duty.

“Everyone needs to try to vote. That way, no gripe,” said Murril Martin.

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