Low voter turnout is expected in Mansfield for Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries, and town registrars said that may be due to voter fatigue.
“It’s just the same thing over and over for too many weeks and months,” Beverly Miela, Mansfield’s Republican Registrar said.
Andrea Epling, Mansfield’s Democratic Registrar agreed. “I think the whole political atmosphere right now…negativity breeds disinterest and apathy and people just want it to go away,” Epling said. “It’s disinterest,” she said.
Summer vacations, Miela said, may also be a factor.
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As of Noon Tuesday, 336 people had cast a ballot in Mansfield - a 6.78 percent voter turnout.
There are 3,771 registered Democrats and 1,190 registered Republicans in Mansfield, for a total of 4,961 eligible Mansfield voters for today’s primaries, according to the registrar’s office. Unaffiliated voters may not cast a ballot in a Democratic and Republican primary, according to state statute.
Regardless of the low voter turnout, the town registrar has ordered enough ballots to account for an approximately 80 percent voter turnout for each party.
Epling and Miela said they expect anywhere from a 12-15 percent overall turnout Tuesday.
Polls are open until 8 p.m.
The locations of the polling places in Mansfield are as follows:
- District 1 – Council Chambers of the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building, 4 South Eagleville Rd.
- District 2 – Mansfield Fire Department Station 107; 889 Stafford Rd.
- District 3 – Buchanan Auditorium at the ; 54 Warrenville Rd.
- District 4 – ; 306 Stafford Rd.