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Voter turnout low for primaries in Virginia

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

A dismal voter turnout for the primaries in Virginia, and Mother Nature isn't helping.

Registrars throughout central Virginia are seeing low numbers. One told NBC12, if they get 10% this primary, they would be shocked.

Big crowds? Far from it at Harbour Pointe or anywhere else.

The mobile voting precinct outside the old Clover Hill High School sits nearly empty at lunchtime.

"Guess it's about whoever's candidate got their people out here," said Alicia Fanz.

Charlie Cook stepped into the Winnebago with a sense of humor about the low voter turnout.

"You mean I should come back again," said Cook.

Also, a sense of why he thinks there are many no-shows.

"They think it's a foregone conclusion... whether they're right, that's why we vote," said Cook.

Among the names on the ballot, a four-way race to see who will run against former governor and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine in November.

Chesterfield Registrar Larry Haake expected a quiet day at the polls.

"This is a political party nominating event in which all are invited because it's Virginia. That's not true everywhere. This is where you get your party-hardy's coming out participating," said Haake.

In Chesterfield, Haake said the number of voters is slightly up from the March primary.

"At 10 a.m. in March, there were 2700 voters. At 10 a.m. there were about 4400 voters... a few more. But last November, there were 14,000 by 10 a.m." said Haake.

There isn't much interest in the city of Richmond, Hanover and Henrico either.

The rain may have discouraged voters, but Haake points to another reason.

"I've run into people that didn't know there was a primary today," said Haake.

Chesterfield rolled out the Winnebago since renovations at Clover Hill kept the county from using the building as a polling place. It proved to be useful for smaller crowds. 

"I think it's pretty slick, I hardly got any older getting in there," said Cook.

A much larger voter turnout is expected in November.

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