Day ends with local single digit turnout

Published 10:03 pm Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Statewide predictions of single-digit voter turnout held true in Escambia County Tuesday.

Fewer voters typically go to the polls for runoffs compared with primaries and general elections, and this year, most counties lack marquee runoff races to excite voters. Statewide predictions put turnout at 5 percent. Locally, Probate Judge Robert D. Agerton said before the end of Tuesday’s election he expected Escambia County to see a turnout of 7 percent.

“I was off by a half-of-a-percent,” Agerton said at the end of the night. “We came in at 7.5 percent. That’s pretty bad, but expected. Areas where there is no one in a local race, turnout is always low. (Tuesday) was no different. I had hoped we’d see better numbers the areas where the school board race, but we didn’t. That was expected, too.”

Figures show that 1,814 ballots were cast. Currently there are more than 20,000 registered voters in Escambia County.