Voter turnout in county near record level

While not quite a record, the number of Jefferson County voters who took advantage of the two week early voting period for the general election 2012 was significant, according to an election official.

“The numbers are just a little bit behind the record turnout that we had for the 2008 election,” said Katherine Wooldridge, senior deputy clerk for voter registration at the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office.

Unofficial results from the Jefferson County Election Commission showed that out of 45,185 registered voters in the county, a total of 27,185 or 60.16 percent turned out to vote.

“Breaking it down, we had 10,858 people who voted early this year and another 15,980 who voted on election day,” Wooldridge said.

The commission reported a total of 819 absentee votes cast in Jefferson County.

Data provided by the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website showed that turnout in precincts throughout Jefferson County was high, with common numbers of anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of registered voters.

Representative turnout rates include precinct 011 with 64.47 percent; precinct 031 with 66.99 percent; precinct 119 with 49.69 percent; precinct 307 with 83.33 percent; precinct 320 with 64.09 percent; precinct 711 with 65.79 percent; and precinct 900 with 73.54 percent.