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June 26, 2014

Election results by the number

Voter turnout higher than previous elections

CLAREMORE — Voter turnout Tuesday surpassed the attendance of previous primary elections.

“It was a higher turnout than normal for this type of election,” Rogers County Election Board Secretary Julie Dermody said. “If we look at the presidential primary in April of 2012, 26.2 percent of registered voters participated.”

A total of 14,574 or 28 percent of registers voters participated in the election.

“We had 1,049 more people show up for this primary then the 2012 primary,” Dermody said. “It is always a good day when the voters take advantage of the privileges they have as citizens and cast their ballots.”

The total registration has not changed significantly in the past several years. Currently, there are 52,363 registered voters in Rogers County, according to Dermody.

More than 14,000 voters participated in a variety of contests including the Republican primary, which determined the final outcome in the race for Rogers County Treasurer.

Jason Carini defeated incumbent Cathy Pinkerton Baker, with 9,435 total votes cast. The race exceeded the total votes cast in during the 2010 primary contest for district attorney. Janice Steidley and Patrick Abitbol received a total of 5,852 votes.

In Rogers County, 9,417 votes were cast in the district attorney’s race. Republican nominee Matthew Ballard received 5,942 exceeding the 2010 total by 90.

Steidley received 1,215 or approximately one third the number of votes, which secured her 2010 victory.

Other races also proved to be indicators of the unusually high voter participation.

Turnout in the race for District 3 County Commissioner also exceeded previous years. Incumbent Kirt Thacker received 24 fewer votes then his 2010 re-election.

A total of 3,404 votes were cast, 149 more than the previous primary. Ron Burrows defeated Thacker, receiving 2,312 votes, which were 31 more than the 2010 total.

“Some of the precinct numbers were shocking in terms of turnout,” Dermody said.

“Rural Water District 7 hosts Precinct 12 voters,” Dermody said.

Precinct 12 had about 130 people show up Tuesday, which is 30 more than normal. With a total of 437 voters registered at the location, it is an unusual turnout, she said.

A range of 25 to 35 percent turnout was observed in other locations including precincts one and three, according to Dermody.

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