Turnout for Knoxville city election less than 2 percent

Fewer than 2 percent of Knoxville’s 90,000 voters who were eligible to file ballots Tuesday actually did so in the City Council’s primary election, a race that was no real contest, according to the News Sentinel.

In unofficial returns from the Knox County Election Commission, every candidate named on the ballot advanced.

Of the five incumbents seeking re-election to five open council seats, only two are in contested races. The two contested races had just two candidates on the ballot going into Tuesday’s primary, meaning the field did not need to be narrowed.

That means ballots seen by less than 1,800 voters on Tuesday will be virtually the same in the Nov. 5 general election.