Clarke Voters Decide Twelve Races

By: Chris Brennaman Email
By: Chris Brennaman Email

Throughout much of the day, voters in Clarke County went to the polls and cast their ballots with ease. Officials say only a few minor problems were encountered Tuesday. And with a higher than expected turnout, they say they are thankful that there were no major problems.

"We felt that we had a rather low turnout for the primaries. I said all along that I thought voters were waiting for the dust to settle and would turn out in November," said circuit clerk Beth Jordan.

Jordan says that low turnout in August was because of the way primary elections are run. She adds that many Clarke County residents expressed that they do not like to choose a party to vote for, but prefer to see everyone's name on the ballot.

Among the races that will be closely watched Tuesday evening will be that of sheriff, as incumbent Todd Kemp is being challenged by Phil Fuller.

"All of our supervisors do have opposition," said Jordan Tuesday afternoon. "And some of those are fairly hot. We're watching some of those. Of course, everyone is nervous at this point."

Jordan said she knows that her office is in for a long night. Officials say they expect to have the numbers from the voting machine memory cards counted by 10 p.m., with the affidavits and absentee ballots counted even later than that.

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