April 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM
With voting for the Pennsylvania primaries almost half way finished, voting numbers at the HUB-Robeson Center polling place have been relatively low, election official Dick Taber, 80, of State College, said.
At 1:03 p.m., some voting precincts had not broken single digits in voters. Each precinct represents a certain section of residence halls on campus. Precinct 24 had three votes, precinct 44 had one, precinct 33 had five, precinct 25 had more than a dozen and precinct 27 had 16 votes, precinct election officials said. The polls have been open since 7 a.m.
Taber said students do not have as much interest in a primary election.
“The only time I’ve seen a big turnout is when someone like Obama runs for president,” he said.
Students of Bellefonte Area High School are running the precincts for class. With the lack of voters, some of the high school students used their time to read books, do homework and even play bass guitar.
Polls will be open until 8 p.m.