Dismayed voters mean low turnout during Carroll's primary

Dismayed voters mean low turnout during Carroll's primary

Voters seemed to be suffering from low morale in Carroll Tuesday while voting in the primary election.

Voter turnout was just under 17 percent with 36 of 39 precincts reporting as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.

"This is the quietest election I can remember," said Tony Foreman, one of the chief election judges at Charles Carroll Elementary School. "I think it's the general uninterest in a primary election."

Many voters said they were unhappy with the pool of candidates.

"There's nobody out there this year that you can trust," said Robin Miles, of Manchester, after voting at Manchester Valley High School.

Miles said there are several people she would have liked to see enter the race, such as Colin Powell, but she can understand why some people wouldn't get into the race with national politics in the state they are in.

Randy Panos, of Finksburg, agreed that there are a lot of Republicans who would have made better candidates but didn't want to get in the race because of all the mudslinging that goes on.

"I'm very unhappy with the choices, but you have to pick," he said after voting at Sandymount Elementary School.

Gould Gibbons, of Finksburg, was also unsatisfied.

"I'm kind of in a state of depression over our national state, and I don't think we have strong opposing candidates," Gibbon said, though he felt any of them would be better than the current administration.

It's hard to know who you can trust, he said, because no one seems to live up to their campaign promises.

"They speak a certain way, but then they don't seem to follow through," he said after voting at Sandymount.

Ted Langston, a voter at North Carroll Middle School, said that he had mixed feelings over candidates this year but he supported Mitt Romney.

"At this time, he seems to be the person who's going to bring everyone together and have a solid platform," he said, whereas the other candidates seem more intentional about attacking each other.

Justin Hadel, of Manchester, said he voted for Ron Paul, whom he agrees with the most of the Republican candidates, especially on fiscal policies.

"You know it's going to be Romney that gets [the nomination]," he said, but he still thought he needed to vote for the candidate he most believed in.

"It's almost like voting for Nader," Hadel joked after voting at Manchester Valley High School.

Charles Inman, of Taneytown, was happy to say that he voted for Rick Santorum.

"He best represents my beliefs and he's not a member of the establishment," Inman said after voting at Northwest Middle School.

Still, he thinks that Romney is going to get the nomination.

Kevin Miller, of Westminster, also voted for Santorum, but said he thinks it may be difficult for Santorum to overtake Romney. Whoever wins the Republican primary, however, will be his vote for the general election.

"I'll vote for anybody except Obama," Miller said after voting at West Middle School.

Theresa Stromberg, a chief election judge at Mechanicsville Elementary School, said voting had been "surprisingly dead."

Stromberg said there were maybe three people at the station when they opened this morning, and at the greatest rush there never was a line.

"The greatest thing we've had to report is we've had a great potluck," she said.

Voter turnout was weak at Sykesville Middle School, said Bob Hunt, one of the chief election judges. By 6 p.m., only about 9 percent of the precinct's 2,800 registered voters came out. During the primary election two years ago, about 32 percent of voters showed up, he said.

"We haven't been crowded all day," Hunt said.

Sykesville resident Dave Green, 38, said he was voting for candidates who he believed would cut spending, and stop the growth and outreach of the government.

When asked who he wanted to win the Senate race, his reply was "Anybody but [Ben] Cardin." For the presidential race, he preferred anybody but Barack Obama. He believes Mitt Romney will win, but he voted for Santorum.

Jim Icenroad, 57, of Sykesville, said he was mainly focused on the presidential candidates, and he voted for Romney. He wants a president who will create jobs and help the economy recover.

Around 6:30 p.m., about 15 percent of the precinct's 1,748 voters had made their way out to the polls at Robert Moton Elementary School, said Dawn Grammer, one of the chief election judges. The after-work voters came trickling in the school, but it was still relatively slow due to it being the primary election, she said.

Westminster resident Charles Walker, 47, said he was concerned mostly about the presidential race. He voted for Newt Gingrich because he believes the other candidates lack "social conscience."

"Romney's a job killer," Walker said. He also stated that he was against "Obamacare."