Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Turnout was so low that ....

Of the 2,200 people eligible to vote in Mecklenburg County's Precinct 141, only one showed up for Tuesday's Democratic runoff for labor commissioner.

Turnout was a dismal .84 percent throughout the county. Statewide it was under 2 percent.

At least the lone voter in Precinct 141, at the University City library, didn't have to stand in line. Neither did the single voter in Precinct 28 or, for that matter, in any of the county's other 193 precincts.

In the commissioner's race, Mary Fant Donnan walloped John Brooks 86 percent to 14 percent in Mecklenburg. Statewide she won with 68 percent.

Donnan faces Republican incumbent Cherie Berry in November.


Anonymous said...

I voted in Tuesday's election after getting email reminders about the runoff. When I actually showed up at my voting place, the polling officials greeted me with cheers because I was the 12th voter who showed up (it was after 5:00 p.m.).

I was equally unimpressed with both candidates.

Anonymous said...

The voter turnout for the runoff primary was so low that David Letterman let Biff Henderson have the night off so he could go back home to Durham and vote in his old precinct in the Bull City.

Turnout during the runoff election was so low that Hillary Clinton decided to go shopping for a new pantssuit.

Turnout was so low that Jim Morrill's Campaign Tracker blogspot had to make a pit stop at David Poole's garage in the Observer Sports Department.

Turnout was so low that the Observer's Editorial Department worried that repeating its original endorsements for the first primary would only confuse what few voters decided to vote again.

Yes, folks, turnout for the runoff was so low that Mike Collins decided that the only way he could get anybody to listen to "Charlotte Talks" on WFAE was to play "Lady of Spain" on the accordion.

I tell you, turnout was so darned low that McClatchy Newspapers decided it had better hire half a dozen new reporters at the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News & Observer to go out and find out who really did go to the polls.

Yes, baseball fans, turnout for the runoff primary was so low that the Charlotte Knights announced: "If you'll just go vote, we'll pick you up and take you to Knights Castle."

In fact, it was so low that Doug Smith and the Observer's Business section figured they'd better profile people instead of buildings for the next couple of weeks.

It was so low that Mary Newsom went back to Harvard to see if any of the Kennedys wanted to try voting in North Carolina's runoff.

Yes friends, turnout was so low that Pat McCrory tried to get a job in the Dave Matthews Band.

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