To vote or not to vote in the primaries? Residents give their reasons

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Ahead of the Charlottesville and Albemarle County primary election Tuesday, CBS19 asked people outside of Wegmans at Fifth Street Station whether or not they are voting and why.

"My view matters and it needs to be heard,” said Albemarle County resident, Daniel Lustig.

Many people gave reasons for why they would not be voting this election. One of those reasons was work. However, Lustig said his employers understand the importance of voting.

"Being able to leave at lunchtime, or even if I have to take a couple of hours, it's more important to [vote] to my employers."

Angie Baker, another Albemarle County resident, said voting in the primaries gives her the opportunity to continue to have a voice.

"It's my opinion that if I don't vote then I don't have a reason to complain if something doesn't go my way,” said Baker.

Albemarle County resident Daniel Duke said he feels the same, and that he has not missed an election since 1968.

"Well if you don't exercise your right to vote then you have no one to blame but yourself for the incompetent people who wind up in office,” said Duke.

Jim Marshall, a Charlottesville resident, said the primaries are key for narrowing down the five Democratic candidates that are running for the Charlottesville City Council.

"Everything is built upon what we do tomorrow and we have to bring or vote for the most qualified people now so we can have an interesting campaign for November,” said Marshall.

He said having so many options for new council members is a good sign.

"It's a little confusing because there's so many running,” said Marshall. “But that is a good thing. It's better to have a lot of people involved than having people unopposed."

He said everyone should start paying attention to local elections.

"I think the issues that we are dealing with right now are very important,” said Marshall. “And they required everyone's participation in the voting process."

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