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Montgomery County Voter turn out Low for 2012 State Primary and County General Election

Election 2012Clarksville, TN – As voting districts came to a close yesterday, one thing was evident; Montgomery County voter turnout exceptionally low, with just 7.06% of registered voters turning out to do their civic duty. 3,947 people early voted, or cast an absentee ballot; with just 2,897 people voting on election day.

Clarksville Online polled voter turnout at six random districts yesterday afternoon. District 6B at Bethel Baptist Church had 34 voters as of 2:00pm. District 4A at Montgomery Central Middle School had 107 voters by 2:00pm. District 5A at Smith School had 45 voters at 2:40pm. District 6A at Cumberland Heights School had 109 voters by 2:45pm. District 4B at the Old Jostens Building had 49 voters as of 3:05pm.

Election workers stood by idle for the most part on election day.
Election workers stood by idle for the most part on election day.

Vickie Koelman, the Administrator of Elections for the Montgomery County Election Commission took time to speak with me on election night, and the low turnout was of course our primary topic of discussion. “Early voting was very very slow, and today was very, very very slow. People need to develop an interest in the election process, you may not have a lot on the ballot as far as contested races but these are elected positions, and people need to take enough interest in their government to come out and cast their ballot and vote in every election,” Koelman said. “I am a strong believer in people voting in every election not just once every four years when most people show up to vote in the presidential elections.”

She praised the hard work of her dedicated poll workers, “We’ve done all that we can do. We prepare for the election, we train the poll workers who are out there waiting at the the polling places and I promise you they would love to have more people come out and cast the ballots so that they get the feeling that they’ve really helped people.” This election served as a dry run for November , “We put the same number of machines and all the precincts that we will have in November so that we the poll workers could get a feel for how things will be during the presidential elections.”

Koelman felt that everything went pretty smooth on election day, but worries that may not be the case in November. “Everything went well, We’ve had a few lost voters show up at the wrong precincts, and things like that, but no real major problems. With the recent redistricting many voters will likely head to the wrong polling place to cast their ballot in November.”

She strongly recommends that all voters take steps to verify their polling location before election day in November.

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State Wide Results

Federal Offices

Editor’s Note: Asterisk indicates winners

United States Senate (District Wide)
View Office by County Breakdowns
Bob Corker* Republican 388,781
Zach Poskevich Republican 28,270
Fred R. Anderson Republican 16,213
Mark Twain Clemens Republican 11,770
Brenda S. Lenard Republican 11,661
Mark E. Clayton* Democratic 48,066
Gary Gene Davis Democratic 24,725
Park Overall Democratic 24,205
Larry Crim Democratic 17,374
Benjamin Roberts Democratic 16,352
Dave Hancock Democratic 16,138
T. K. Owens Democratic 13,360
United States House District 7 (District Wide)
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Marsha Blackburn* Republican 41,516
Credo Amouzouvik* Democratic 10,429

Tennessee State Senate

Tennessee Senate District 22 (District Wide)
View Office by County Breakdowns
Mark E. Green* Republican 4,848
Tim Barnes* Democratic 3,868

Tennessee House of Representatives

Tennessee House District 67
View Office by County Breakdowns
No Candidate Filed Republican 0
Joe Pitts* Democratic 781
Tennessee House District 68
View Office by County Breakdowns
Curtis Johnson* Republican 2,253
No Candidate Filed Democratic 0
Tennessee House District 74
View Office by County Breakdowns
Lauri Day* Republican 1,743
Nick Steward Republican 972
John C. Tidwell* Democratic 2,884

Judicial Retention

Jeffrey S. Bivins
Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Division (Division Wide)
View Office by County Breakdowns
Retain* 387,094
Replace 156,900
Roger A. Page
Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Division (Division Wide)
View Office by County Breakdowns
Retain* 386,033
Replace 156,318

Local Results

United States Senate (Montgomery County)
Bob Corker* Republican 3,485
Zach Poskevich Republican 264
Fred R. Anderson Republican 155
Brenda S. Lenard Republican 142
Mark Twain Clemens Republican 117
Mark E. Clayton* Democratic 598
Gary Gene Davis Democratic 400
Dave Hancock Democratic 296
Park Overall Democratic 227
Larry Crim Democratic 178
Benjamin Roberts Democratic 165
T. K. Owens Democratic 158
United States House District 7 (Montgomery County)
Marsha Blackburn* Republican 3,962
Credo Amouzouvik* Democratic 1,626
Tennessee Senate District 22 (Montgomery County)
Mark E. Green* Republican 3,537
Tim Barnes* Democratic 2,228
Tennessee House District 67 (Montgomery County)
No Candidate Filed Republican 0
Joe Pitts* Democratic 781
Tennessee House District 68 (Montgomery County)
Curtis Johnson* Republican 2,253
No Candidate Filed Democratic 0
Tennessee House District 74 (Montgomery County)
Lauri Day* Republican 434
Nick Steward Republican 221
John C. Tidwell* Democratic 301
Jeffrey S. Bivins
Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Division (Montgomery County)
Retain* 4,254
Replace 1,441
Roger A. Page
Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Division (Montgomery County)
Retain* 4,246
Replace 1,406
Assessor of Property
Betty M. Burchett* 5881
Write In 33
Highway Supervisor
Mike Frost* 5,937
Write In 23
School Board Member District 2
Stephanie Trotter Lobdell* 573
Bridgett Stanfill 358
Write In 268
School Board Member District 4
Anne Murtha* 636
Write In 7
School Board Member District 6
Eula Gardner Dowdy* 771
Tim Cash 578
Write In 10
Bill Larson
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