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Thursday's Rain Could Impact Voter Turnout

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Posted at 5:47 PM, Sep 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 13:15:12-04

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Voter turnout for Thursday's run-off mayoral election in Davidson County was key in deciding who the next mayor will be and weather could play a major role how the race turns out.

Some rain was forecasted for Thursday which could keep voter turnout low. Experts said a number a factors play in to why that is.

"People really do have to plan out when they’re gonna go vote and so weather plays a role in whether they’re going to go vote," said Dr. Mark Schwerdt, a political science professor at Lipscomb University.

"It does tend to cut down on turn out on those that are less likely to vote, those who have a lower income weather, that is more likely to be a factor in their decision to vote," he added.

Dr. Schwerdt also said that election day being on a normal work day for folks also played into the weather factor when it came to how many people vote in an election.

"If they see it was raining first thing and planning on going before work they might not go," Dr. Schwerdt said.

NewsChannel 5 Meteorologist Lelan Statom believed the entire election day won't be a wash out but some rain in the morning could move through the Nashville area.

"On election day morning several computer runs now have maybe a few spotty showers but it looks like a different election day than the first metro election day," Statom said.

Dr. Schwerdt said the weather could impact results an entire percentage point, and that one percentage point could mean all the difference when it comes to Megan Barry or David Fox being elected.