MANATEE — As of noon today, there was a 7 percent turnout in registered voters, said Bob Sweat, Manatee County Supervisor of Elections.
That translates into 13,912 votes.
“It’s about 2 to 3 percent lower than what we’ve had in past primaries by noon,” he said.
With today’s rainy weather, he anticipates about 22 to 26 percent of Manatee County’s 202,431 registered voters turning out for the primary.
“It doesn’t appear the weather’s going to hold off,” he said. “I think if it clears up a little bit, people might go out more.”
He also noted most primaries have low turnouts regardless of the weather.
Early voting turnout was also low, which is consistent with prior elections. This year, 3,076 voters cast ballots early.
In Manatee County there are 86,813 registered Republicans, 67,685 registered Democrats and 47,933 people with no party affiliation.
The polls close at 7 p.m. tonight. Sweat estimates results should be coming in by 8:30 p.m. for races including school board and county commission.
Electrical problems with the county’s voting has voters filling out ballots by hand today, Sweat said.
After some minor electrical issues this morning, Sweat decided voters can present their license, or a valid form of identification, before signing their names and receiving a ballot to vote.
“We wanted to make sure voters got in and got out,” Sweat said.
Sweat said he doesn’t anticipate longer wait times as a result.