Threats of COVID-19 virus brings a low voter turnout

By Kendra Hennis 
DOUGLAS COUNTY – On Tuesday, March 17, there was a 30 percent voter turnout for the primary election. There were high reported numbers of absentee and early voters. Most ballots have been counted, with the 14-day period available for ballots still coming in. County Clerk Judi Pollock considers the day a success though noting “I expected a really low percentage, maybe 10, so 30 was really high. The judges and voters were all comfortable with the sanitation measures we had put in place. All things considered, I am pleasantly surprised.” 

Donald Trump and Joe Biden lead the area in the race for President, with Biden receiving 521 votes and Trump getting 2,516 votes. 

Peggy Hubbard led the Republican race for Senator with 823 votes and Richard Durbin received 744 winning the Democratic side. 

For the Congressional race for Representative, on the Republican side, Mary Miller leads the 15th District spot with 55 percent of the vote. For the Democrats, Erika Weaver received 60 percent of the vote. For the delegates, Natalie Phelps Finne leads the Democrats with 454 votes and Thomas Chapin Rose leads the Republicans with 2,451 votes. 

In a very close race, Philip Morris will continue to hold his seat on the Douglas County Board, receiving 50.5 percent of the vote. 

The race for Circuit Clerk for Douglas County was a big one, with Circuit Clerk Julie Mills retiring after 22 years in the office. Newman Police Chief Nathan Burton will take over the office, receiving 46 percent of the vote. On the election, Burton said “I would like to thank all the voters of Douglas County who came out to vote on March 17. I am truly overwhelmed by the amount of support I received across the county. We are facing uncertain times with the COVID-19 pandemic; however the election process in our county was completed without a hitch. Judi Pollock (our County Clerk) and her team of deputy clerks and election judges should be so proud of themselves for a job well done. The Douglas County community is strong so as we move forward in the days and weeks ahead I leave you with a quote to remember. “Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has” – Rev. Billy Graham.” 

Newly elected officials will be sworn in on December 1, 2020. 

Additional election information can be found on the Douglas County website.

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