Low voter turnout, voting machine glitch

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Switzerland County saw a low voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election, with just over 21-percent of registered voters choosing to go to the polls.

Only 1,513 people cast a ballot in the primary from a total eligible number of voters of 7.099. This comes after Switzerland County voters had the option of voting at one of the voting centers around the county for the past two weeks; voting in the courthouse for the past two weeks; or voting on Tuesday at the TEC Center building on Seminary Street in Vevay.

Tuesday morning, the polls opened at 6 a.m., but there was a glitch in the system that did not allow the machines to work. After some adjustments and repairs, voting opened to the public at 7 a.m.

There was some discussion about extending voting one hour, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., in order to provide for the lost hour of voting at the beginning of the day; but that could have only been done through a court order – and with Switzerland County Circuit Court Judge Greg Coy on the ballot as a candidate, he felt that it could possibly create a conflict with the state election board, so he chose to allow the polls to close at 6 p.m. as scheduled.

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Uncontested races in Tuesday’s primary election have set up some interesting races heading into the November General Election.

Both Republicans and Democrats had candidates running unopposed on Tuesday. In some cases, races for November were created; while in others there is still a chance that they will get an opponent who is elected by their party before November.

Of the 1,513 votes cast on Tuesday, 402 of the voters selected a Republican ballot; while 1,111 chose to cast a Democratic ballot.

Here’s a look at those races:

CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT

Democrat incumbent Kim Hambrick was unopposed on Tuesday for reelection, and she received 826 votes.

In November, she will be opposed by Republican Gayle Sullivan, who was unopposed for her party’s nomination on Tuesday, and received 294 votes.

COUNTY AUDITOR

Republican incumbent Gayle Rayles ran unopposed on Tuesday for her party’s nomination, and she garnered 333 votes.

The Democrat challenger will be Carla Harsin, who received 752 votes in Tuesday’s primary.

COUNTY ASSESSOR

Democrat incumbent Joan Armstrong was unopposed on Tuesday, and she received 866 votes. There was not a Republican candidate for Tuesday’s election; but the Republican party has until June 30th to nominate a candidate for the November General election.

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 3

In the race for the District 3 County Commissioner post, incumbent Democrat Mark Lohide was unopposed on Tuesday, and he received 829 votes.

Republican Tom Stow will face Mark Lohide in November; as he was unopposed on Tuesday, and he received 288 votes.

COUNTY COUNCIL

District 1

Democratic incumbent Tom Conroy was unopposed on Tuesday, and he received 290 votes. Only voters living in District 1 could cast ballots, and there were 384 voters total.

There was no Republican candidate in District 1, but the Republican party has until June 30th to nominate a candidate for the November General election.

District 2

Democratic incumbent Mike Jones was unopposed on Tuesday, and he received 292 votes. Only voters living in District 2 could cast ballots, and there were 295 voters total.

There was no Republican candidate in District 2, but the Republican party has until June 30th to nominate a candidate for the November General election.

District 3

Republican incumbent Glenn Scott was unopposed on Tuesday, and he received 100 votes. Only voters living in District 3 could cast ballots, and there were 130 voters total.

There was no Democratic candidate in District 3, but the Democrat party has until June 30th to nominate a candidate for the November General election.

District 4

There was a contested race in the Democratic primary in District 4, as incumbent Jeff Darling defeated challenger Chris See by a 138-61 count. Only voters living in District 4 could cast ballots, and there were 221 voters total.

There was no Republican candidate in District 4, but the Republican party has until June 30th to nominate a candidate for the November General election.

CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE

Incumbent Democrat Greg Coy was unopposed on Tuesday, and he received 914 votes in the primary.

There was no Republican candidate for Circuit Court Judge in the primary, but the Republican party has until June 30th to nominate a candidate for the November General election.

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY

Incumbent Democrat Monica Hensley was unopposed on Tuesday, and she received 812 votes in the primary.

There was no Republican candidate for Prosecuting Attorney in the primary, but the Republican party has until June 30th to nominate a candidate for the November General election.

TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES

Cotton Township

Democratic incumbent Barbara Bowling was unopposed on Tuesday, and she received 135 votes. Only voters living in Cotton Township could cast ballots, and there were 161 voters total.

There was no Republican candidate for Cotton Township Trustee, but the Republican party has until June 30th to nominate a candidate for the November General election.

There will be three candidates elected to positions on the Cotton Township Advisory Board in November; and in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Sarah McCreary received 119 votes and Brenda Shaw received 83 votes. In the Republican primary, Rita Works received 42 votes.

Craig Township

Democratic incumbent Stacey Mathews was unopposed on Tuesday, and she received 94 votes. Only voters living in Craig Township could cast ballots, and there were 112 voters total.

There was no Republican candidate for Craig Township Trustee, but the Republican party has until June 30th to nominate a candidate for the November General election.

There will be three candidates elected to positions on the Craig Township Advisory Board in November; and in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Lynda Spiller received 74 votes. In the Republican primary, Roberta Von Bargen received 44 votes.

Jefferson Township

There was a contested race in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, where incumbent Wade Hughes defeated challenger Helen Peelman by a vote of 390-72. Only voters living in Jefferson Township could cast ballots, and there were 492 voters total.

There was no Republican candidate for Jefferson Township Trustee, but the Republican party has until June 30th to nominate a candidate for the November General election.

There will be three candidates elected to positions on the Jefferson Township Advisory Board in November; and in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Carol Ann Sublett received 311 votes, Don Stout received 255 votes, and Trenton Ricketts received 246 votes. In the Republican primary, Debbie Hickman received 98 votes.

Pleasant Township

Democratic incumbent Jim Wingate was unopposed on Tuesday, and he received 74 votes. Only voters living in Pleasant Township could cast ballots, and there were 98 voters total in the Democrat primary.

In the Republican primary, Melissa Stow was unopposed on Tuesday and will face Jim Wingate in November. She received 54 votes on Tuesday, with 79 Republicans in Pleasant Township casting ballots.

There will be three candidates elected to positions on the Pleasant Township Advisory Board in November; and in Tuesday’s Republican primary, Donald Morton received 59 votes and Bob Richards received 57 votes.

Posey Township

Republican incumbent Joey Rider was unopposed on Tuesday, and he received 61 votes. Only voters living in Posey Township could cast ballots, and there were 72 voters total.

There was no Democrat candidate for Posey Township Trustee, but the Democrat party has until June 30th to nominate a candidate for the November General election.

There will be three candidates elected to positions on the Posey Township Advisory Board in November; and in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Lulu Belle Thomas received 76 votes and Mark Jones received 74 votes. In the Republican primary, Jill Hutcherson received 61 votes.

York Township

There was a four candidate race in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. Andrea Brogan won the race with 59 votes; while Dale Patterson garnered 35 votes; and Jeff Weales received eight votes. Only voters living in York Township could cast ballots, and there were 133 voters total.

There was no Republican candidate for York Township Trustee, but the Republican party has until June 30th to nominate a candidate for the November General election.

There will be three candidates elected to positions on the York Township Advisory Board in November; and in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Larry Turner received 73 votes and Michael Beatty received 70 votes. In the Republican primary, Shannon Jackson received 30 votes.