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Clay County voter turnout less than 30 percent

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Some might say a 28.86 percent voter turnout for an election is fairly poor, but for Clay County it is an improvement.

In Tuesday's general election, 1,771 of the 6,137 registered voters (28.86 percent) turned out at the polls to cast their votes throughout the county.

This is up from the 2003 General Election, where 1,578 of 5,611 registered voters (28.12 percent) showed up to vote Tom Arthur as mayor of Brazil.

However, both years fall short of the turnout for the 1999 General Election, where 29.43 percent of the 5,305 registered voters punched their card at the polls.

The most votes in this year's election were cast in the race for Mayor of the City of Brazil with 1,617 ballots cast, 60 less than 2003 and 102 less than in 1999.

A total of 1,616 votes were cast in the heated Brazil Clerk-Treasurer race, up from the 1,529 cast in 2003 and 1,522 in 1999.

Residents showed more of a tendency to fill out ballots on an open ticket than a straight-party ticket in comparison to previous years.

In 1999, there were 566 straight-party ballots cast, 513 in 2003, but the number took a big drop this year with only 344 straight-party ballots cast in this year's election. Of the 344 this year, 206 were cast for the Democratic Party and 138 went for the Republican Party.

The best turnout occurred in the Jackson 3 Precinct, which voted at the Brazil Armory.

Of the 318 registered voters in this precinct, 163 cast ballots for a 51.26 percent turnout.

The smallest turnout by far happened at the Van Buren 3 Precinct, which voted for the Harmony Town elections and had all but one council seat with an unopposed race.

In this precinct, only 70 of the 454 registered voters (15.42 percent) came to the polls.

The lowest voter turnout for the Brazil elections was in the Brazil 6 Precinct where only 19.17 percent (134 of 699) of the registered voters went to the Central West Village Community Building to cast a ballot.

Voters appearing at First United Methodist Church in Brazil 2 Precinct provided the lone other precinct which had at least one-third of the registered voters come out to vote.

SIDEBAR: Voter turnout at the precincts voting in the Brazil City races of the 2007 General Election:

PrecinctBallots CastRegistered VotersPercentage
Brazil 13871,31229.50
Brazil 24011,18333.90
Brazil 33211,09829.23
Brazil 424088927.00
Brazil 613469919.17
Jackson 316331851.26

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