Poll workers report low voter turnout in Mingo

Rachel Dove rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

May 13, 2014

By Rachel Dove


WILLIAMSON - Although several important offices were being contested on the 2014 primary election ballot, voter turnout Tuesday in Mingo County was low, according to poll workers who provided the information in the late afternoon. The turnout came as a surprise to most county officials, who had predicted a heavy turnout.

The Daily News spoke with several residents who were casting their votes, as well as some who were conducting business in downtown Williamson who weren’t exercising their right to vote.

Earnest Wolford, of Matewan, said that, in his opinion, it didn’t matter who was voted in, all politicians are crooked.

“If they’re not crooked when they’re voted in, they soon will be,” Wolford said. “I’m not going to waste my time voting.”

Jennifer Young, of Lenore, was in town to shop at a local business with her sister, and said they had both voted prior to making the trip to Williamson.

“The way I look at it is if I don’t take time to vote for the candidate of my choice, then I have no right to voice complaints later when things go wrong in our county,” Young said. “I live here, work here and raise my children here … I want a say in who is making decisions that affect our life. I am very worried about our future.”

“I’d also like to say that I pray today’s election produces some badly needed changes,” she said. “Our county is going to hell in a handbasket and we need to put the brakes on fast and head in a new direction.”

Geraldine Tiller, of Varney, said that she and her husband had taken advantage of early voting, saying that with both of them being elderly, they were afraid they may have to stand in line on lection day.

“We vote every year,” Tiller said. “Our forefathers fought for our right to vote and I don’t think it’s something that should be taken lightly. If you don’t vote, I don’t want to hear you whining and complaining later.”

Tiller said that even if the candidates she chose to support do not get elected to office, she is fine with that because it means the majority of the people spoke.

“It’s not always about who wins,” she said. “It’s about knowing the person with the most supporters won. I pray daily for all of them to make the right choices and decisions. We have to put them in God’s hands.”

“One thing I will add is that I will sure be happy when those terrible radio ads stop running,” Tiller said. “For the last week, I haven’t even had my radio on while we’re driving because it’s just one ad after another slamming this one and that one. I’ve never seen the beat.”

Full coverage of the 2014 primary election will be provided by the Daily News with updates every 30 minutes on our website, williamsondailynews.com until all precincts are in and totaled. A complete wrap-up will be available on the website Wednesday, and will be in the print edition Thursday.