"I spent most of the morning at Faith Baptist Church one of the largest Republican precincts in the city. It has been relatively steady but spread out, there is no waiting in lines," said A.C. Stickel, Blair County Republican party chairman.
Stickel said despite sunny but cool weather, he was not surprised with the low turnout.
"I expected it to be lighter than I did two weeks ago when Rick Santorum dropped out of the race. But with the 79th District (Rick Geist v.s. John McGinnis) race I expected it to be bigger. I've heard from people in Antis and Logan townships and it has been light. I've heard people say they forgot it was election day," Stickel said. I don't know who the light turnout is good for, it is not good for America."
Those who turned out to vote early Tuesday morning at Father Kelley Hall in Altoona's 11th Ward, were "regulars."
"I have never missed voting since I've been old enough to vote. I am 48. I had to write in for a lot of things. I wanted to vote for Rick Geist," said Democrat Linda Bartley.
"I vote at every election. I just believe it is the right thing to do," said Republican Pat Dumm.
"It is my freedom to vote. I feel strongly that everyone should vote. I vote all of the time," said Republican Krista Schlecht.
Weather also was not a factor for the extremely low voter turnout in Bedford and Huntingdon counties.
"Historically people are apathetic about the primary. There are not a lot of races. I'll be surprised if we get 16 percent," said Peg Koenig, Bedford County director of elections. "I've been to couple of polling places and went to one of the larger ones and there was not a sole there."
"A lot of people may be waiting for the general election to make their final decision. With the economy they may not be sure which way to go," said Lori Sheffield, Huntingdon County elections director. "This is my first presidential election and I was not sure what to expect, I was hoping for 20 to 30 percent."
Yesterday's snowstorm, which dumped up to a foot of snow in some places, was having an impact on voter turnout in Cambria County.
"The snowstorm caught a lot of people off guard and they still may be shoveling. I was thinking of 32 to 34 percent but I didn't factor in the extreme weather conditions the day before the election. It threw a major curve ball to the voting," said Fred Smith, director of elections.
Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.