2012-11-08 / Front Page

Wilkes voters turn out in droves to cast their ballots for president


Lines extend out of the courthouse Friday afternoon as Wilkes voters came to cast their ballots during the last hours of early voting for the November 6 election. Lines extend out of the courthouse Friday afternoon as Wilkes voters came to cast their ballots during the last hours of early voting for the November 6 election. With a very strong voter turnout of over 77 percent, Wilkes County citizens joined their counterparts all over the nation in coming out in force to choose their leaders in Tuesday’s election.

In the presidential election, some 2,628 Wilkes County voters cast their ballots for Republican challenger Mitt Romney, while 2,080 voted for Democrat incumbent President Barack Obama, 55 percent to 43 percent, mirroring early reports of the vote across Georgia.

There are a number of Wilkes County offices on local ballots, but only one was opposed. For Wilkes County’s District 2, incumbent County Commissioner Ed Geddings handily retained his commission seat over Republican John T. Young, 707 to 465, with Geddings receiving 60.32 percent and Young taking 39.68 percent.

Apart from Geddings, no other Wilkes County elected officials faced opposition for their jobs. Reelected or elected without opposition were Sheriff Mark Moore, Clerk of Superior Court Mildred Peeler, Tax Commissioner Mary Hubbard, Surveyor Jack Newsome, and for Coroner, J. Blake Thompson.

Other results are awaiting results from other counties, but State House District 33 Representative Tom Mc- Call took the Wilkes County vote by a landslide 80 percent to Democrat David Vogel’s 19 percent.

The re-election bids of U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, state Sen. Bill Jackson, state Reps. Mickey Channell and long-time Toombs District Attorney Dennis Sanders were unopposed.

Early voting continues to grow in popularity, now nearly equaling the ballots cast on election day itself. This year, some 2,347 Wilkes County voters cast their ballots early in person and absentee by mail, including some 327 who cast their ballots last Friday alone, Voter Registrar Debbie Anderson said.

In election day voting, 2,447 Wilkes voters cast ballots, bringing the combined voter total to 4,780 out of 6,175 registered voters, a turnout of 77.41 percent of all voters registered.

Detailed votes of selected races are listed on page 11 of this issue.

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