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Officials pleased by high turnout

November 7, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Nearly 6,000 people cast a ballot in Barbour County during the general election on Tuesday. County Clerk Macel Auvil said the day went smoothly and there weren't many issues.

"We only had three poll workers not show up," she said.

Auvil said turnout for the election was one of the highest in her 44 years working in the courthouse. Unofficial results show a turnout of 61.17 percent. There are 9,660 registered voters in the county, and 5,909 cast a ballot on Tuesday.

She attributed the high turnout to several factors, including heated races.

"The presidential race, two heated local races, the sheriff and county commission races, and the school bond and levy," she said of why people came out to vote. "We had the largest total of absentee ballots since I've been here."

Incumbent Prosecuting Attorney Leckta L. Poling, a Democrat, ran unopposed and received 3,666 votes. There were 47 votes cast for write-in candidates.

Republican John Cutright, an incumbent, ran unopposed for assessor and received 4,689 votes. Write-in candidates received 12 votes.

Incumbent Democrat candidates Kathi S. McBee and Tina M. Mouser both ran for magistrate seats in the county. McBee received 3,797 votes while Mouser took 3,667 votes. Write-in candidates took 14 votes.

No candidates filed for Barbour County surveyor, but 88 ballots were cast for write-in candidates.

All results are unofficial until the canvas of the election slated for Nov. 13.



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