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Thursday, November 13, 2008

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OREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley was pleased with his election judges and the way the 13 precincts in the county handled voting procedures in the Nov. 4 General Election.

"We had nearly a 70 percent turn-out of voters in the county," Hensley said. That is what he had predicted over a month ago.

There were more absentee ballots requested and cast than in any other election in the county. "We had 605 requests for absentee ballots and of those requests, 558 were cast," he said. He said the most absentee ballots he could ever remember being requested was about 400 and that was several years ago.

"Things went pretty smooth at all voting precincts. There were some 30 to 45 minute lines at Thayer and possibly a 20 minute line at Alton. We had a lot of calls election day from voters asking questions like were they registered to vote and they had moved and could they vote," he said.

There was one small glitch that slowed counting the ballots after the polls had closed. One of the touch screens on a voting machine had to be re-programed. Hensley said it took several hours for the Secretary of State's office to get back with them and walk one of his deputies through the procedure of re-programing the machine but once the information was received they were back up and going in about three minutes.

One of the contested races in the county was close. That was for the Northern District Commissioner's seat. Edward Casey, who ran as a Republican came out the winner with 1,094 votes compared to Democrat Brad Vest's 1,044 votes. Southern District Commissioner John Wrenfrow had no problem being re-elected. He received 2,019 votes to write-in candidate Max Huffman's 166 votes.

The Oregon County Ambulance District issue asked for a sales tax levy of one-half of one percent. It passed 3,425 votes to 1,030 votes.

In the presidential race, Oregon County did not go the way of the country. The McCain/Palin ticket won, 2,652 votes to Obama/Biden's 1,811 votes.

Democrat Jeremiah Nixon carried Oregon County in the race for governor receiving 2,710 votes to Republican Kenny Hulshof's 1,742 votes.

In the Lieutenant Governors race, Oregon County went with Republican Peter Kinder over Democrat Sam Page, 2,419 votes to 1,877 votes. Incumbent Democrat Secretary of State Robin Carnahan easily carried Oregon County with 2,666 votes to Republican challenger Mitchell Hubbard who had 1,684 votes.

For State Treasurer, Oregon County voters went with Republican Brad Lager, 2,242 votes to Democrat Clint Zweifel's 1,971 votes.

Oregon County voters chose Republican candidate Mike Gibbons for Attorney General with 2,294 votes to Democrat Chris Koster's 2,070.

Republican Congressman Jo Ann Emerson who represents District 8 which includes Oregon County, received 3,009 votes to her Democratic opponent Joe Allen's 1,426 votes.

Oregon County voters re-elected District 33 State Senator Republican Chuck Purgason 2,709 votes to Democrat Eric Reeves 1,730 votes.

In Oregon County the amendments and propositions were voted on as follows:

* Amendment No. 1 passed; yes, 4,066 and no, 374.

* Amendment No. 4 failed; no, 2022 and yes, 1,856.

* Proposition A passed; yes, 2,476 and no, 1,796.

Proposition B passed; yes, 3,288 and no, 964.

Proposition C passed; yes, 2,289 and no 1,801.

"I think in this election, the extra effort the media put in the newspaper helped area residents understand most of the proposals and amendments and hopefully made the voting process a little easier and faster," Hensley said.

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