Nearly 70 percent of Alachua County voters cast ballots

Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:39 p.m.

Alachua County voters turned out in fewer numbers for the 2012 General Election than they did in 2008 when Alachua County recorded the third highest turnout rate in the state.

The preliminary results from this year's election indicate the turnout rate in Alachua County was 73 percent, compared to 80.59 percent in 2008.

Pam Carpenter, county supervisor of elections, said she couldn't comment on why the turnout was lower this election because she had not analyzed all of the numbers as of Tuesday night.

"The preliminary results show that there was about a 7 percent less turnout this year than in 2008, but that doesn't include provisional ballots, which I believe we might have a lot of this year," Carpenter said. A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions related to a voter's eligibility.

There were 39,273 early votes cast this year and a record amount of more than 27,000 absentee ballots.

Carpenter said the election in Alachua County was held with no major problems.

She also said her office will continue to count provisional ballots and votes for write-in candidates until Friday, with official results made available 10 days from election day because that is when all oversees voters are required to have their ballots returned to supervisor of elections offices throughout the U.S.

"Those ballots will only affect federal races," Carpenter said.

Evelyn Foxx, president of the Alachua County branch NAACP, said from what she could tell, turnout at voting precincts in east Gainesville was very good.

"The turnout at all of the predominantly black precincts in east Gainesville was phenomenal," said Foxx. "African Americans turned out and voted. People were out in force today."

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