Voter Turnout For SC Democratic Primary Expected To Be Lower Than Republican Primary


Aiken, SC (WJBF) – The Parr family started their Saturday at a voting booth in Aiken.

“You owe it to yourself and your community and your nation,” said Laura Parr.

…Though every member couldn’t actually cast a ballot.

“You’re supposed to, and you’re allowed to, so you might as well vote,” said 10-year-old Noah Parr.

That’s why it surprises Noah’s mom, Laura, that many people who can vote might not actually do so. “It’s so pathetic. yeah. yeah. it took us 30 seconds.”

At the O’Dell Weeks Recreation Center polling location, it was evident that the Democratic Primary would be very different from its Republican counterpart.

“Turnout has been very, very, very light. Last week, our Republican voters turned out in huge numbers,” said Voting Precinct 6 clerk Lana Thomas.

“There are so many issues,” said Mary Kaplan, who said that the issues are what sends her to the voting booth every time. “I’ve always voted. I’ve never missed an election.”

The Democrat who won the 2008 primary elections drives her passion this year. “President Obama is what makes me passionate, because i watch this man…he is such a class act,” Kaplan added.

In 2008, about 500,000 ballots were cast in the Palmetto State’s Democratic Primary, helping to decide who faces the Republican nominee on the biggest stage in politics.

“Regardless of what’s going on, you still have to be involved. You still have to participate, you still have to educate yourself, you still have to take the time,” said Laura Parr.

Aiken COunty Elections officals say that they hope those who missed the boat for the primaries will try getting on board for November.

More than 700,000 votes were cast in last week’s Republican Primary in South Carolina.

We’ll have the final numbers for the Democratic Primary after the polls close at 7:00 p.m.

To View ABC News’ live South Carolina Democratic Primary exit poll analysis, click here

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