April 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM
There’s been more voter traffic this afternoon than there was this morning at the State College Municipal Building today for the Pennsylvania primaries.
Peggy Brown, the judge of elections for the municipal building, said about 30 people have come to vote today thus far, and the turn out has been very low. One reason she gave for the lower voter turn out was that there weren’t a lot of federal races this time around.
“More student were interested in 2008 than they are today,” Brown said. “That was probably the biggest turnout I had seen in my lifetime.”
There are 1,680 people registered to vote at the municipal building, located at 243 S. Allen St. Compared to the last presidential primaries in 2008, this election has seen a drastic drop in voters.
Brown said it’s important for students to vote in the primaries because the local elections will affect them a lot more than the federal elections.
“Why wouldn’t students want to vote?” Brown said.
Emily Pasi showed up to vote in the afternoon.
“There are so many people who don’t have that right,” Pasi (senior-public relations) said. “It’s our job to vote, and it’s just the right thing to do.”