More than two out of three of Washington County's registered voters elected not to vote in Tuesday's primary election despite a large field of candidates and a $54 million county water and sewer debt.
Only 30.5 percent, or 19,652, of the county's 64,389 registered voters went to the polls, said Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel.
More people voted in this year's primary than in the 1994 gubernatorial primary although the percentage of voters was higher that year at 36 percent, Kaetzel said.
The voter turnout percentage was lower this year because there were 13,171 more registered voters than in 1994, Kaetzel said.
Kaetzel said she believes many of the people who register to vote through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration didn't vote on Tuesday. That program began in 1995.
"There ain't no point in voting cause ain't none of them any good anyway," said Kenneth Angle, 54, who lives at Potomac Towers - a polling place.