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Sep 28, 2010 6:55 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI

Low Voter Turnout Expected This Weekend

The sound of a touch the screen voting machine after a ballot is cast is kind of like Ms. Pacman the video game, but a lot of people won't be hearing it this weekend and some have never heard it.

A random sample of "on the street" interviews produced these replies about voting:

"I never got around to it"

"Time, who has time?"       

"Tell 'em go vote."

At a projected 20 percent, the voter turnout this weekend doesn't look good, but the biggest turnout in recent memory was when Gov. Bobby Jindal ran for office the first time.

"The gubernatoral races always bring em out, some people think they only have to vote every four years and that's the one they care about."

Charlene Meaux-Menard is the Lafayette Registrar of Voters- the one who crunches the numbers about voter turnout based largely on the early voting numbers.

Some analysts believe a low voter turnout could be good for lieutenant governor candidates Caroline Fayard and Roger Villere bringing them closer to those at the front of the race but political consultant Pearson Cross doesn't think it will help.

"People don't have a whole lot of interest in this weekend's election and the Lt. Gov's race isn't that hot," Cross tells KATC.

Those who decide to cast their votes will decide the future of their communities, their education leaders, top cops and lawmakers--
and some residents don't want to be left out of that process.

One man told us,"I can't complain unless I vote, so I don't want to forfeit that right."


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