Officials: County voter turnout slightly less than in 2008
by Daniel Gaddy
Nov 08, 2012 | 1687 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
No records were set for Walker County’s voter turnout on Tuesday’s election, but Probate Judge Rick Allison said the amount of people coming to the polls matched previous presidential elections.

A total of 28,736 voters cast their ballots in Walker County on Tuesday, compared to 28,891 for the 2008 presidential election (then a 14-year record) and 28,850 for the 2004 election.

There were 46,320 registered voters for this election, up from 44,357 for the 2008 election.

Allison said there are 90 provisional ballots that must be ruled on by the county canvassing board on Tuesday.

Most of the races were won by a wide enough margin to not be affected by the number of provisional ballots. However, in the campaign for the Walker County Commission’s District 2 seat, Democrat Dan Wright received only 14 more votes than Republican candidate Davey Reed.

Since Allison was a candidate in Tuesday’s election, Chief Clerk Rita Taft served as acting probate judge in regard to election duties. Those responsibilities included appointing poll workers and overseeing the election returns at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in Jasper.

Taft said that aside from the returns from one polling place being a little late, the election had no problems.

“I thought everything went really well,” she said.

Allison said election officials did have to deal with the typical amount of write-in candidates, which always slows down the returns.

The following is a list of election results according to the unofficial summary report in Walker County:

Straight Party Voting

Democratic ... 3,737

Republican ... 6,546

Presidential Race

Barack Obama (D) ................... 6,551

Mitt Romney (R) .................... 21,633

Virgil H. Goode Jr.(I) ..................... 79

Gary Johnson (I) .......................... 165

U.S. Representative

4th Congressional District

Daniel Boman (D) ................... 6,902

Robert Aderholt (R) ............... 21,221

Public Service Commission

President

Lucy Baxley (D) ................... 10,130

Twinkle Cavanaugh (R)........ 17,565

Circuit Judge Place 3

Hoyt Elliott (D) .................... 15,452

Blake Payne (R) .................. 12,324

District Judge Place 2

Albert Day Legg III (D) ........... 7,182

Greg Williams (R) .................. 14,088

Herbie Brewer (I) .................... 6,696

Probate Judge

Rick Allison (D) ................. 17,162

Stephen Landrum (R) ....... 11,132

Chairman, Walker County 

Commission

Bruce Hamrick (D) ........... 13,438

Billy Luster (R) ................. 14,392

Walker County Commission

District 1

Jason Akins (D) ................. 3,769

Keith Davis (R) .................. 4,175

Walker County Commission

District 2

Dan Wright (D) ................... 3,203

Davey Reed (R).................... 3,189

Walker County Commission

District 3

George Fitzpatrick (D) ........... 2,723

Bobby Nunnelley (R) .............. 3,767

Walker County Commission

District 4

Otto Tolbert (D) ................. 3,018

Steven Aderholt (R) .............. 3,896

Walker County Board

of Education, District 3

Bill Edd Gilbert (D) ............. 3,275

Mike Raines (R) ................... 3,204

Constable Beat 23

James Duncan (D) ................... 151

A. Wade Franks (R) .................. 214

Constable Beat 28

Jamie McDonald (R) ................. 344

David Grace (I) .......................... 518

Constable Beat 31

Wayne Smith (R) .................... 336

Jerry Few (I) ........................... 121

Justin Kyle Smith (I) ................ 32

Constable Beat 32

James Shedd (D) ........................ 219

Jeremy Chambers (R) ................ 374

Constable Beat 34

Derane Ingle (R) ...................... 254

David Smith (I) ........................ 133

Constable Beat 39

Joe Ferguson (R) ................... 373

Homer Estes (I) ..................... 221

Constable Beat 42

Roger Whited (D) ................... 127

Harry C. Prude (I) .................. 122