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Low voter turnout expected for Special Election

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With the regularly scheduled Election Day still a few weeks away, experts say voter turnout for Wednesday’s Special Senate Election could disrupt normal voting patterns.

"Voting in October is strange, voting on a Wednesday is strange, its really not encouraging people to vote because your asking them to go out and vote twice and they're busy, they're working, they're worried about their jobs and its hard for them to keep track of this as much as they try," said Daniel J. Douglas, Director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton College.

Douglas says a recent poll shows Cory Booker holding and eleven to twelve point lead over Steve Lonegan, but low voter turnout could change things.

"Its probably a slight advantage to Mr. Lonegan,” said Douglas.

“With Mr. Booker, some of his supporters are less likely to vote traditionally but he does have more of a campaign structure and the money to generate a get out and vote effort on Election Day."

Douglas also noted New Jersey senators tend to hold their position for a long time, sometimes as long as two decades.

With that in mind, voters in Atlantic City realized the importance of the election despite its expected low turn out.

"It’s very important who is going to get to senate,” said Henry Pajdek of Wayne, New Jersey.

“That one vote could change a lot of things."

"I don't see this as being a lot different, I just thing its important each time you get to vote you're going to make it," said Laurie Henderson of Pine Hill, New Jersey.

The date of the election may not be the only reason to blame for expected low voter turn out. Some New Jerseyans tell us they will not be voting tomorrow because they do not believe either candidate can make a difference in Washington.

"I don't plan to vote, if I go surf fishing I'll do that," said Mike Dellavella of North Wildwood.

"I think Washington is so big and such a bureaucracy, it doesn't matter a whole lot."

And as New Jersey prepares to choose a new senator, some voters have adjusted to a new election schedule.

"I always think of voting being a Tuesday and I had to make sure I put it on my calendar for Wednesday," said Pine Hill resident Gwendolyn Henderson.

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