Turnout in Alachua County drops off from 2008


Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:49 p.m.

Seventy-three percent of registered voters in Alachua County voted in Tuesday’s presidential election, compared with 81 percent in 2008, according to Pam Carpenter, Alachua County supervisor of elections.

The drop-off came even though 8,224 more people were registered to vote in this election. A total of 164,970 people voted in this election, compared with 156,746 in 2008.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama got 58 percent of the votes, while former Gov. Mitt Romney got 40 percent. In 2008, Obama got 60 percent of the votes, compared with 39 percent for Republican John McCain.

Carpenter said she had more than 32,400 requests for absentee ballots this year, and 27,000 of those were returned. “This was a record number requested and a record number returned,” she said.

In 2008, there were 27,000 requests for absentee ballots, with 23,000 returned.

More than 39,000 Alachua County residents voted during the eight-day early voting period, compared with 53,000 who did so during the 14-day early voting period in 2008.

Statewide, 4.5 million people, or 38 percent of the electorate, had already voted before Election Day this year. Florida has more than 12 million registered voters.

Contact Kristine Crane at 338-3119, or kristine.crane@gvillesun.com

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