HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Voter turnout in South Mississippi this election Tuesday is as unpredictable as the presidential primary campaign has been thus far. We saw lines at some voting precincts and emptiness at others.
Harrison County voters in District 1 had no trouble making the slight detour to the multipurpose building instead of the civic center.
Despite concerns expressed by some, things were running smoothly and busy there. In fact, that was the busiest precinct we visited, with a line out the door and 600 plus votes cast by noon.
In North Gulfport, turnout was light by midday at the Good Deeds Community Center. Poll worker Wilbur Ball wasn't that surprised by the sparse showing. Around noon, 115 votes had been cast, and 109 were
Bayou View Elementary showed the opposite proportion. In that heavy Republican area, there were far more GOP votes cast. Turnout was hit or miss, however.
When we arrived, there was a single voter in the gymnasium. When we left, four were voting and a half dozen were in line to vote.
Poll worker Joe Davidson said with all the national attention on the presidential primary, he expected a bigger turnout.