Poll workers at Washington County Free Library started closing up shop a half hour before the polls closed Tuesday. All day long they saw just 101 people, less than one in eight of the precinct's registered voters.
"You can't go out and drag people off the street," said Virginia Altman, the precinct's chief election judge.
Countywide, turnout in Tuesday's primary election was 23 percent.
Turnout was down from the 1998 primary, when 30.5 percent of the registered voters went to the polls.
There were few contested races to draw people to the polls.
Among candidates for the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, the only contested primary race was in District 3B, which covers southern Frederick and Washington counties.
Paul Gilligan of Burkittsville was leading fellow Democrat Lisa Baugher of Tuscarora for the chance to go up against Republican Richard Weldon of Brunswick in the Nov. 5 election. The race was too close to call at press time.