Republicans post near clean sweep as voter turnout tops 60%

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  The year 2020 will go down in history for many reasons, and one of those will be the historically large turnout of voters for the General Election — both in early voting and on election day.

  After the dust cleared on Tuesday night, a total of 4,237 of Switzerland County’s 7,100 registered voters cast a ballot in the election. That’s an overall percentage of 60.11% — well above the 2016 General Election, which saw a turnout of 51.19%.

  In the General Election of 2016, there were 7,460 eligible voters in the county, and 3,819 chose to cast a vote, either early, by absentee ballot, or by voting on election 0day.

  In 2016: 1,009 voters cast a straight ticket Republican ballot; while 431 voters cast a straight ticket Democrat ballot and 61 voters cast a straight ticket Libertarian ballot.

  This year, early voting alone exceeded the overall tally from four years ago.

  When early voting closed on Monday at noon, a total of 2,820 voters cast their ballots early; while 469 used absentee ballots. Using the current total of 7,100 eligible voters, that was an early voting percentage of 46.3%.

  Again straight ticket voting played a big role in the overall outcome, as 1,914 voters chose to vote a straight ticket, that’s 45.2% of the ballots cast.

  • A total of 1,493 Republicans cast straight ticket ballots.

  • A total of 395 Democrats cast straight ticket ballots.

  • A total of 26 Libertarians cast straight ticket ballots.

  Overall, that led to a virtual clean sweep for the GOP here in Switzerland County on Election Night. The only Democrat to win was Circuit Court Judge Greg Coy, who was unopposed for re-election.

  The Republican sweep continued above the local elections, as State Representative Randy Frye; Congressman Greg Pence; Attorney General Todd Rokita; Governor Eric Holcomb; and President Donald Trump all won here.

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  The Precincts around Switzerland County saw strong voter turnout:

  • In Cotton I Precinct: 97 people voted on election day; 330 people voted by in person absentee; and 63 people voted by mail.

  • In Cotton II Precinct: 48 people voted on election day; 162 people voted by in person absentee; and 27 people voted by mail.

  • In Craig I Precinct: 52 people voted on election day; 141 people voted by in person absentee; and 19 people voted by mail.

  • In Craig II Precinct: 43 people voted on election day; 162 people voted by in person absentee; and 20 people voted by mail.

  • In Jefferson I Precinct: 122 people voted on election day; 300 people voted by in person absentee; and 46 people voted by mail.

  • In Jefferson II Precinct: 184 people voted on election day; 381 people voted by in person absentee; and 64 people voted by mail.

  • In Jefferson III Precinct: 76 people voted on election day; 235 people voted by in person absentee; and 39 people voted by mail.

  • In Pleasant I Precinct: 34 people voted on election day; 104 people voted by in person absentee; and 17 people voted by mail.

  • In Pleasant II Precinct: 70 people voted on election day; 288 people voted by in person absentee; and 25 people voted by mail.

  • In Posey I Precinct: 55 people voted on election day; 179 people voted by in person absentee; and 33 people voted by mail.

  • In Posey II Precinct: 60 people voted on election day; 277 people voted by in person absentee; and 45 people voted by mail.

  • In York Precinct: 101 people voted on election day; 268 people voted by in person absentee; and 70 people voted by mail.

  • County Wide: 942 people voted on election day; 2,827 people voted by in person absentee; and 468 people voted by mail.