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2012 voting numbers compare to previous elections

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Despite a turnout of close to 60 percent, fewer Clay County residents voted in the 2012 General Election than in 2008.

However, on Wednesday, officials with the Clay County Election Office told The Brazil Times the numbers were similar to recent elections.

"That's fairly typical," Election Office Deputy Clerk Jason Jacobs said.

"The numbers are still higher than 2000 and 2004. They're basically on par."

For the 2012 General Election, a total of 11,089 county residents voted. There were 19,109 registered voters in the county.

Jacobs said in 2000, approximately 57 percent of the county voted and 56 percent voted in 2004.

In 2008, the number was 60 percent.

Jacobs said there were 19,641 registered voters in Clay County in 2008, 11,660 of which voted.

In addition, the total numbers are not complete.

Election officials had difficulties retrieving a handful of votes from a Jackson 3 Precinct voting machine.

Officials estimated they could not retrieve 40-50 additional votes.

Late Tuesday evening, Clay County Election Board member Rick Alumbaugh told The Brazil Times he had been in contact with MicroVote, the business who manufactured the voting machines used in Clay County.

According to Alumbaugh, MicroVote planned to have associates in Clay County as early as Tuesday to "extract" the votes from the machine in order for them to be properly counted.

Officials said they believe those votes would not have an impact on any of the final tallies.

The voting machines have been in use since 2003.

Alumbaugh said this was the first time Clay County had experienced any problems with the machines.

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