Some are relieved it's over and some feel it has just begun, but either way the country will be under new leadership in 2009.
Nov. 4, 2008, is a day that will be slated in history as a day to remember. The first African-American president has been elected.
The presidential election has been reported as the costliest campaign in history. It even went as far as Barack Obama spending over $3 million dollars to air a 30 minute campaign infomercial on three different major networks.
There were seven presidential choices on the ballot. Sharp County residents voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin along with the population of Arkansas, but Obama won the nation.
McCain and Palin earned 4,535 votes in Sharp County and 56 percent of Arkansas votes. Barack Obama and Joe Biden came in second with 2,436 Sharp County votes and 39 percent of Arkansas votes.
The other presidential candidates Sharp County voters voted for were: Ralph Nader with 160 votes; Cynthia McKinney who earned 31 votes; Gloria Le Royal who collected 11 votes; Chuck Baldwin had 34 votes; and Bob Barr came in with 45 votes.
U.S. Senator Mark Pryor swept the Sharp County polls with 5,171 votes. Pryor's opponent, Rebekah Kennedy, earned 1,401 votes in Sharp County.
Proposed Amendment No. 1 -- The amendment concerning voting qualifications of voters and election officers and the time of holding General Elections. This amendment will remove obsolete language from the Arkansas Constitution and allow alteration of poll worker qualifications.
Sharp County voters voted for Proposed Amendment No. 1 with 4,734 votes for and 1,755 against.
Proposed Amendment No. 2 -- The amendment providing that no Legislative appropriation shall be for a period longer than one year. Providing for Fiscal Legislative sessions requiring the General Assembly to meet every year with regular sessions continuing to be held in odd-numbered years and Fiscal Sessions held in even-numbered years, unless the General Assembly votes to hold regular sessions in even-numbered years and Fiscal Sessions in odd-numbered years and allowing the General Assembly to consider non-fiscal matters during a fiscal session upon approval of two-thirds of both Houses.
Arkansas and Sharp County both approved Proposed Amendment No. 2. Sharp County voters voted 4,624 for and 1,930 against.
Proposed Amendment No. 3 -- A constitutional Amendment authorizing the
General Assembly to establish, operate and regulate state lotteries to fund scholarships and grants for Arkansas citizens enrolled in certified two-year and four-year colleges and universities in Arkansas.
The people voted for Arkansas to hold a state lottery. Sharp County had 4,369 votes for this amendment and 2,626 votes against it.
According to the Attorney General's office and Lieutenant Governor's office, the legislature will meet in January to regulate the rules for the state lottery. "What the voters did Tuesday was to approve the legislature to set the guidelines (for the lottery)," Communications Director for the Lieutenant Governor's Office, Gary Hoffmann, said.
Proposed Initiative Act No. 1 -- An Act providing that an individual who is cohabiting outside of a valid marriage may not adopt or be a foster parent of a child less than 18 years old.
Arkansas approved the Proposed Initiative Act No. 1. Sharp County voters were for it with 4,585 votes. 2,454 Sharp County voters voted against this act.
Referred Question No. 1, Act 631 of 2007 -- Arkansas Water, Waste Disposal and Pollution Abatement Facilities Act of 2007.
Arkansas and Sharp County both approved this act. There were 4,049 Sharp County voters for it and 2,454 who voted against it.
Locally, the race for Sharp County Coroner was between Randy McComas and Doug Wortham.
McComas beat out his opponent with 3,960 votes. Wortham received 2,641 votes.
Jim Sitz was a write-in candidate for Sharp County surveyor. Sitz received 297 votes.
The city of Ash Flat had three residents running for Alderman, Ward 2 Position 1. Sue Ross won the race with 170 votes. Ronda Renihan received 54 votes and Bryan Martin had 92 votes.
Hardy also had a race for Alderman, Ward 2 Position 2. Bob Gilliland and Sherri Groves were the candidates. Gilliland won with 154 votes while Groves trailed by only one vote, 153.
Alderman, Ward 4 Position 1 for the city of Highland went to Lawrence (Larry) Allen who received 248 votes. Allen's opponent Sam Brock received 143 votes.
Sharp County has 11,898 registered voters. When the polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, 7,356 Sharp County voters had participated in the election this year.