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Voter turnout low for Tuesday's runoff races

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Voters headed back to the polls Tuesday to decide winners in the Democratic and Republican Primary Runoffs.

But the number of people casting ballots was far less than those who voted in the August 2nd Primary.

Precinct 1 in Hinds County is located in the heart of Jackson at the Eudora Welty Library on State Street.

There are 1, 278 registered voters at the precinct.

Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn told WLBT that by mid Tuesday afternoon she has received reports from various precincts that turnout is very low.

During the primaries three weeks ago, 303 people voted here at the Eudora Welty Library.

As of 6:00, one hour before polls close, less than half that number cast ballots.

Poll workers hoped the numbers would pick up after the end of the work day.

Voters we spoke with stressed the importance of exercising their rights.

"This morning as I watched the news and they unveiled the Martin Luther King Memorial I said 'I am going to exercise my right to vote', because so many have already paid the price for African Americans especially to come out and vote," said Jackson voter Shelita McCabney.

"People are dying because they want to vote," said Imogene Clark of Jackson. "We have the privilege, and I think it's our duty to vote."

"It's important. The next leader, whoever is governor, whoever is lieutenant, whoever is treasurer they're going to have a tough job ahead of them," said Daniel Mays who voted along with wife Zimbabwe. "So I want to have a say in that."

Also as an indicator of the decreased participation in the runoffs, Dunn said the Hinds County Circuit Clerk's Office only received 331 absentee ballots for both Democrats and Republicans races.

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