EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The El Paso County Elections Department said so far the local voter turnout for Super Tuesday is slightly lower than the previous primary election in 2016.
Although the unofficial numbers are showing a decrease, there are some various reasons that may have played a role.
The El Paso County Elections Department reported a 21% voter turnout in the 2016 primary election.
So far, the unofficial numbers are showing 19% for this year’s primary election.
Voters like Steven Garza said this year’s primary election turnout in El Paso wasn’t he hoped for, “Young people for too long haven’t been involved in the political process as previous generations have been. It was disappointing definitely for some candidates running for President that youth turnout wasn’t what they were hoping for.”
Super Tuesday in the borderland was full of rain and hail this year, which might have had an effect on voter turnout numbers.
“Once the storm passed through, I think a lot of voters were waiting for that and then some had the time to come out after the storm passed, and some chose not to,” Lisa Wise, El Paso County Elections Administrator said.
Wise said some potential factors that may have also played a role includes certain candidates no longer running, especially in the presidential race, “We let everybody know ‘hey, that ballot has 45 races on it’ so I know the presidential race leads that ticket but county wide there’s still a lot to vote on”
However, there was an uptick with the number of registered voters compared to 2016, from 400,000 to 470,000.
Either way, voters like Garza said there’s still important decisions to be made by the people.
“The thing is is that this election is so consequential to young people because the decisions being made today, year 2020, and then the following elections are going to affect people like me 19 years old 30 or 40 years down the line,” Garza said.
As for the local races that are project into a run-off, the El Paso County Elections Department told KTSM it expects to hold that election on May 26th.