Expectations Not High For Higher Voter Turnout

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Just 12 percent of registered voters turned out at the polls yesterday in Brazos County. Residents and experts point to a number of reasons for the low total, and the trend shows little sign of changing anytime soon.

When it comes to why people didn't turn out at the polls Tuesday, you're likely to hear familiar responses from the longtime voters to the disenfranchised.

"If there were available senior transportation, obviously I would have voted," said longtime voter Rezneat Darnell.

Ed Crevey said he didn't vote, "because both sides are corrupt, so it's kind of pointless."

But ask Blinn professor and News 3 Political Analyst Blanche Brick, and she'll tell you it's a slew of issues that are keeping people from voting. For one, she believes voters aren't wanting to judge judges anymore, a Texas tradition that stretches back decades.

"I think people have some hesitancy about voting for judges, and they don't feel educated to the extent they should feel," Brick said.

And despite a statewide campaign to increase voter turnout with the supposed ease of new technology, Brick feels it remains intimidating to many older voters.

"The last time I took my mother to vote, who was a firm believer in voting in every election, she was 90 years old, and she said, 'I hope I never have to vote again,'" she said.

And while Brick calls Tuesday's turnout unfortunately low, she says getting an extraordinarily high turnout wouldn't necessarily be a good thing.

"I think we need to be more focused on intelligent voter participation in the process, and making the candidates hold to their answers," Brick said.

All so the voters that do turn out have an informed say.

"It is my right to do it, and it is the only voice of input we can have into the action of government," said one of the 12 percent who voted, Brenda Rogers.