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Voter turnout low during primaries

By By Lisa Tindell
Less than 16 percent of the 21,459 registered voters in Escambia County made it to the polls during last Tuesday’s primary according to Escambia County Probate Judge Emilie Mims.
Mims said the interest in Tuesday’s primary was low, which resulted in fewer people going to the polls.
County and state funds pay poll workers required to be at the polls while they are open, Mims said.
With 30 polls stretched out across the county, each polling place requires at least four workers at each location.
In Tuesday’s primary, Democrat Brandon Smith and Republican Kevin McKinley won the race for County Commission District 4. Smith outscored incumbent William Brown while McKinley ran against James Junior Hall.