Voter turnout low during Ohio primary

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Voter turnout in Ohio is normally low during a primary election, but because 2012 is only determining the Republican presidential candidates, even more people stayed home.

"If you consider that only one party truly has a contested presidential primary, 20 to 25 percent, anywhere in between there, those numbers are actually going to be pretty good," says Amy Searcy, Director of Elections for Hamilton County.

"We spend months and months preparing for this day," says Searcy who projects about 25 percent of voters will turnout in Hamilton. That number is down about 20 percentage points from 2008 when 45 percent of registered voters hit the polls in 2008's presidential primary.

At the VFW polling place in Addyston, Ohio the busiest time of day had about five to six people in the voting booth.

"It has been basically slow all day, our numbers have been lower than normal for sure," says volunteer Connie Huhn.

"This precinct has no issues on the ballot just the basic different parties," says Huhn.

Last November, polarizing decisions like Issue 2 and several school levies really pushed people to the polls.

"You cannot compare primaries with general elections and you cannot compare primaries to other primaries unless it has similar issues or offices on the ballot," says Searcy.

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