published Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Hamilton County: Early indications point to lower voter turnout

East Lake resident Stanley Lewis pauses for a moment after making choices on his ballot at noon on Super Tuesday. Lewis was the only person voting at noon at the East Lake precinct.
East Lake resident Stanley Lewis pauses for a moment after making choices on his ballot at noon on Super Tuesday. Lewis was the only person voting at noon at the East Lake precinct.
Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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When polls opened this morning at 8 a.m. At Boynton Terrace Apartments, 63-year-old Ed Johnson was one of the first through the door.

He cast a ballot in the Democratic Primary.

"I got my faith in Obama," Johnson said. "I got faith he's going to be there again."

Though President Barack Obama is the only Democrat on Tennessee ballots for today's Super Tuesday Presidential preference primary, Johnson said it was important for him to show his support.

By 10 a.m., only 19 people had cast ballots at the polling place in the Westside neighborhood.

Turnout will likely be lighter today if it follows early voting patterns. In 2008, with hotly contested primaries in both parties, Hamilton County voters cast 15,012 ballots in early voting. This year, that number was only 9,432.

about Ansley Haman...

Ansley Haman covers Hamilton County government. A native of Spring City, Tenn., she grew up reading the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press, which sparked her passion for journalism. Ansley's happy to be home after a decade of adventures in more than 20 countries and 40 states. She gathered stories while living, working and studying in Swansea, Wales, Cape Town, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. Along the way, she interned for ...

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