Walker County voters are close to providing an answer to the question “What if they held an election and nobody came?”

Turnout for the today’s primary runoff is — to be kind — quite low.

With no local races being hotly contested, response is tepid to the statewide primary races for school superintendent and U.S. Senate.

Of the county’s roughly 30,000 voters eligible to participate, 96 absentee ballots were mailed to the election office and 318 people voted in person during advance voting, according to elections clerk Chuck Fletcher. That means that 414, or about 1.4 percent, of the county’s eligible voters cast ballots before today. (Walker County elections office)

Without the GOP runoff between incumbent John Deffenbaugh and Robert Goff for state House District 1, this could be the year when poll workers outnumber voters at some precincts. District 1 includes the western part of Walker County (Center Post, Mountain, Chattanooga Valley, Kensington, Rossville, Chickamauga, Fairyland and Fairview precincts) and all of Dade County. The winner of today’s runoff will face Democrat Thomas McMahan in the general election in November.

Poll workers at the Rock Spring precinct said voting had been slow today but “someone comes in about every five or ten minutes” and shortly before noon 83 had cast ballots. Steady, yes; but still less than 2 percent of the precinct’s 5,330 registered voters.

At the Rossville precinct, 90 of the precincts 4,283 eligible voters has cast ballots as of 1 p.m. today.