Politics & Government

Turnout low for Tuesday’s runoff

The poll workers at Wynnton United Methodist Church have been working elections long enough to know what they were walking into Tuesday morning.

The turnout forecast for the primary runoff with no local races on the ballot was 5 percent.

“When they say 5 percent, you know you are not going to be very busy,” said Jean Romeo, the poll manager for the Britt at Wynnton precinct.

Edith Spencer, who is poll manager for the Wynnton precinct that is also located at the church, agreed.

“You bring a lot of crossword puzzles,” Spencer said.

There were eight poll workers at the two precincts. By 12:30 p.m., fewer than 40 voters cast ballots at the Britt precinct and about 80 at the Wynnton precinct.

Romeo said the key to surviving such a slow day is food.

“We started grazing at 6:30 this morning and we will be grazing until 7 tonight,” she said. “You won’t go away from here hungry.”

No serious problems occurred during the day, though workers did say they smelled gas at the Psalmond Road precinct and a man brought a gun inside St. John AME Church around 1:30 p.m., said Nancy Boren, executive director of the Muscogee County Office of Elections and Registration.

The man stepped inside the church with a gun visible on his hip. According to Boren, state law allows people to carry guns in public places, though a polling spot is not a place where weapons are allowed.

The polling manager called the area supervisor about the gun, who then contacted Boren. She then contacted the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office for clarification on the law, Boren said.

By the time poll workers heard that people can’t bring weapons to polls, the man had voted and left, she added.

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