Low voter turnout for local elections


Counties across the Basin are seeing low voter turnout this election. Among them is Howard County with less than 12 percent of registered voters turning out.

Even with more polling places and methods to cast your votes, resident, Scott Emerson, says the results were shocking.

“I would love to say that all those complainers got out there and voted, but I know better. It kind of makes you sick to your stomach that that many citizens are going to allow that small of a group select their leadership for the next four years.”

He says Big Spring has a history of low voter counts, but this June’s runoff elections for the position of Mayor and for District 4, may be a blessing in disguise.

“I think part of the community, especially the elderly think their votes aren’t going to change anything,” explained Emerson. “Go vote, your vote counts and it’s a privilege.”

And for resident, Sarah Rowan, she would go so far as to say local elections are more important than presidential elections. “If we’re not taking care of where we live to start with… It’s our basis of different policies and the beginning of where laws start.”

Howard County Elections Administrator, Jodi Duck, says:

“Local elections are always important because they will determine who will be representing the citizens on a daily basis. These decisions [affect] us here at home, and it has never been easier to vote.”

Big Spring runoff election deadlines according to Howard County Elections:

Registrations/Updates – Thursday, May 9
Ballot by Mail Applications – received by Tuesday, May 28
Election Day – Saturday, June 8

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