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Shockingly Low Voter Turnout In Maryland Primary Elections

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MARYLAND - A big story from Tuesday night's primary elections, the surprisingly low voter turnout.

In Wicomico County, only 20.21 percent of registered voters turned, lower than the 28.45 percent four years ago, and 33-percent in the early 2000s, but Anthony Gutierrez, with the Wicomico County board of elections says, while primary voting is typically lower than the for the general election, it's not necessarily that voters don't care.

"Certainly, early voting is a factor in the low turnout on election day, by design, as a matter of fact.  It's also to alleviate long lines for voters especially in a presidential general," says Gutierrez.

He says they're expecting a significantly higher voter turnout in November, about 60 percent, and with the general election less than four months away, opinions can be swayed.

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The General Election is scheduled for November 4th, and the Delaware Primary is set for September 9th.

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