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Low Voter Turn Out In Jackson County

More than 105,000 North Carolinians cast ballots Tuesday to decide 19 runoff contests across 37 counties.   For the first time since 2006, no statewide race required a second primary.

Turnout was higher than any second primary over the past decade. One-stop early voting accounted for 23% of overall turnout.  Polling places remained open throughout the day Tuesday, despite severe weather

The race to watch in Jackson County was the race for GOP Sheriff Candidate. Curtis Lambert received 129 votes and Jimmy Hodgins 106 votes. Lambert will be facing off against Democratic Chip Hall in November. Jackson County saw a low voter turn out for the run off race.  There was a total of 239 votes cast or 1.57% of the 15,243 registered voters.

Elections in North Carolina

election2014The State Board of Elections Thursday authenticated results for the May 6 Primary.

More North Carolinians voted early and within fewer days compared to 2010, the most recent non-presidential primary year. Early voting also formed a greater proportion of overall participation. The May Primary was the first election held under a compacted 10-day early voting schedule. Average votes-per-hour at one-stop polling locations increased 34% over 2010.

Statewide participation increased to 15.8% of registered voters compared to 14.4% in 2010.  More than 148,000 additional voters cast ballots in 2014 than in 2010.

Second primaries will be held Tuesday, July 15 to decide 19 contests in 37 counties.  Early voting begins Thursday, July 3.  No statewide ballot item required a second primary. Republican Candidate for Jackson County Sheriff Curtis Lambert will face challenger Jimmy Hodgins in a run off on the 15th.

The State Board unanimously denied the appeal of an elections protest filed by Bruce Davis, former candidate for the Democratic nomination in the Sixth Congressional District. Board members also voted unanimously to reprimand Jerry Wallin of the Madison County Board of Elections regarding a Facebook “like” of a candidate’s page.

The Agency’s review of county abstracts confirmed that the State Board’s website accurately displayed results submitted for each race.  The site had intermittently displayed an incorrect number of precincts reporting on election night.

Recount In Jackson County GOP Sheriff’s Race

election2014The GOP race for Sheriff is heating up in Jackson County! Tuesday, Jimmy Hodgins requested a run off after the canvass ballots were certified. There was no clear winner in the election meaning no candidate received the 40% plus one vote to be declared the party’s winner.

Curtis Lambert received 424 votes. Hodgins received 376 votes and Mary Rock 375.

Immediately, Hodgins requested a run off. However, Mary Rock has requested a recount of the ballots. According to Rock, she was told all day Tuesday that she was tied with Hodgins for second place. Later one ballot made the difference.  On Monday at 8:30 am there will be a recount of ballots. During the canvass, Rock picked up 5 votes and Hodgins 2 creating the 1 vote gap between the two candidates.

The run off race is slated for July 15th.

Run Off Expected in GOP Sheriff’s Race

election2014Run off elections are expected in the GOP Sheriff’s race in Jackson County. Since none of the 3 Republican candidates for Sheriff received the required 40% plus one vote to be the clear winner, a run off of the top 2 contenders could happen.

Candidate Curtis Lambert received 35.9% of the vote while Jimmy Hodgins had 32.3%. Mary Alice Rock received 31.8% of the vote.

There are several paper ballots yet to be counted. A canvas of the ballots is taking place and the certification is due Tuesday at 5:00 pm. Once the ballots are certified, the candidate in the second slot has 24 hours to request a run off which is expected.

WRGC Radio Representative Roy Burnette spoke with Jimmy Hodgins early Wednesday. Hodgins stated emphatically that if he is indeed the #2 candidate after the vote is certified, he will be requesting for a run off race. If a Federal run off is to take place that will be on July 15, otherwise the Sheriff’s run off is slated for June 24th.

Election Results!

US SENATE – REP (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Thom Tillis REP 540 43.37 %
Greg Brannon REP 440 35.34 %
Mark Harris REP 124 9.96 %
Heather Grant REP 74 5.94 %
Ted Alexander REP 29 2.33 %
Jim Snyder REP 21 1.69 %
Alex Lee Bradshaw REP 12 0.96 %
Edward Kryn REP 5 0.40 %
US SENATE – DEM (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Kay Hagan DEM 2,391 71.89 %
Will Stewart DEM 627 18.85 %
Ernest T. Reeves DEM 308 9.26 %
US SENATE – LIB (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Sean Haugh LIB 7 77.78 %
Tim D’Annunzio LIB 2 22.22 %
US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 11 – DEM (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Tom Hill DEM 1,972 65.95 %
Keith Ruehl DEM 1,018 34.05 %
NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 50 – DEM (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Jane Hipps DEM 2,164 64.04 %
Ron Robinson DEM 1,215 35.96 %
NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 119 – REP (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Mike Clampitt REP 711 59.05 %
Dodie Allen REP 281 23.34 %
Aaron Littlefield REP 212 17.61 %
SHERIFF – REP (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Curtis Lambert REP 417 35.92 %
Jimmy Hodgins REP 374 32.21 %
Mary Alice Rock REP 370 31.87 %
SHERIFF – DEM (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Chip L. Hall DEM 1,559 42.43 %
Steve Lillard DEM 1,261 34.32 %
Doug Farmer DEM 397 10.81 %
Robin Gunnels DEM 357 9.72 %
Glen Biller DEM 88 2.40 %
Michael M. Gosnell DEM 12 0.33 %
SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE (HUDSON) (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Robin Hudson 1,851 44.55 %
Eric Levinson 1,283 30.88 %
Jeanette Doran 1,021 24.57 %
BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 2 (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Ken Henke 3,757 98.45 %
Write-In (Miscellaneous) 59 1.55 %
BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 4 (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Ali Laird-Large 1,897 42.56 %
Wanda McCall Nicholson 1,314 29.48 %
Judy Watson Henry 1,238 27.78 %
Write-In (Miscellaneous) 8 0.18 %

BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 5 (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Margaret M. McRae 3,761 99.23 %
Write-In (Miscellaneous)

Mid-Term Primary Elections Tuesday

NorthCarolinaSealVoters across North Carolina have until 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 6th, to cast their ballots. Though it’s a mid-term election there is plenty at stake particularly on a local level. In Jackson County alone, there are 6 Democratic candidates running for Sheriff.  Voters will also be choosing on school board candidates as well as N.C. House and Senate races.

Early voting began in April and ran through May 3rd. The 17 day one stop voting period was shortened to 10 days this election.

Currently, there are 26, 364 registered voters in Jackson County. On a state level mid-term primaries usually see 10-12% voter turn out.

Precinct Change For Sylva

voteVoters in Sylva’s South Ward precinct will now go to the new Skyland Service Center to cast their ballots in the primary elections and not the Community Service Center as they have previously. The Jackson County Board of Elections sent postcards to each of the precinct’s 2,719 registered voters notifying them of the change. The election board moved to Skyland Service Center (previously Southern Lumber) early this year. That means a One-Stop Absentee Voting station also will be set-up there; state law requires early voting take place where a county election board’s offices are located. For the Tuesday, May 6, primary, one-stop stations will be open in the Cullowhee and Cashiers communities, too. A fourth station, in Cherokee, will probably will be added for the Nov. 4 general election. The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before Election Day.