Voters turnout for local primary

ALBEMARLE COUNTY and CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Local voters turned out to cast ballots in contested races in Albemarle and Charlottesville on Tuesday.

According to Albemarle County Registrar Jake Washburne, about 5,400 people, just over seven percent, had voted by 4 p.m.

The turnout was higher in the Rivanna District, where there were several contested races, including the county Board of Supervisors seat, vied for by Democrats Jerrod Smith and Bea LaPisto Kirtley.

In the Pantops precinct, about 15 percent of registered voters had cast ballots by 3 p.m.

"It's been a very good mix of older and younger, as it has been in recent elections, so people are turning out," said Pantops Precinct Chief Bob Thompson.

In the city, just under 4,000 ballots were cast by 4 p.m, about 12.9 percent of registered voters.

Democratic city voters are nominating three candidates for the Charlottesville City Council.

At the Tonsler precinct, Precinct Captain Shaquitta Morton said voter turnout was “pretty steady” throughout the morning.

“I’ve seen a lot more younger voters, which is awesome,” Morton said. “[We’re] getting a few more questions about what’s going on with the voting.”

Tonsler precinct voter Judy Sandridge said one issue, in particular, brought her to the polls.

“Low-income housing for people, everybody,” she said. “The rents are so high that people who have retired can’t afford it.”

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