HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A forum planned for next week will look for answers on why so many Mississippians are choosing not to vote. We decided to ask the voters themselves the reason.
In Harrison County, the turnout for last week's primary elections was 24 percent. According to the Circuit Clerk's office, the North Bel Air precinct has 5,151 registered voters of which 655 voted in the primary elections. At the West Lyman precinct of 3,5956 registered voters only 904 of them cast ballots on June 3rd.
For some people, whether the election is for a country's president they never miss an opportunity to cast a ballot.
"I vote every time, even if it's a school election," said Roger Diveley. "It's my right."
"It's your say so in the government. If you don't vote, you've got no opinion to criticize who is in office," Dan Yarbrough said. "Every vote does count. People don't really think the primary is important. It is important because it narrows the group down for a better selection. So your person didn't win. Pick the next person. Just keep doing it."
Darlene Diveley said, "People do wrong when they don't vote and then they criticize what we have in. If we had more people stop criticizing, we might find a candidate that has a good resume."
Some people said they believe voting is important, but a lack of free time can keep them away from the polls."
"Only reason I didn't was because I worked," Dilisa Robinson said.
"One reason was I was at work and it got by me," said Greg Holmes. "I intended to. I'm sorry I didn't, but I didn't."
While others said they purposely avoided casting a ballot because they are fed up with politics.
Nicky Tabitha said, "I choose not to go because I feel like they're still going to do whatever they want to do."
"It's getting to the point I don't even trust the government anymore. They're not really doing much for us," said Roberta Connors. "We're just getting deeper and deeper every time we turn around. I probably won't vote this year. I just don't feel like it's right. I know a lot of people say that you should, but I don't see anybody that is going to do anything for us."
This Saturday people can begin voting absentee in the Republican U.S. Senate runoff. Registered voters who voted in the GOP primary and those registered voters who didn't vote at all will be able to cast a ballot on June 24th.
However, if you voted Democratic in the primary you won't be allowed to vote in the Republican senate runoff.