Despite having no local contested races, except at one school board and a write-in candidate for county council, voters came out in full force in Montgomery County.
A total of 14,659 voters out of the 24,218 registered voters cast their ballot in the 27 precincts. That came out to 60.5 percent voter turnout.
“We had no big issues today,” Montgomery County Voter Registrar Karyn Douglas said Tuesday night. “Our biggest issue was the heavy turnout. It was very heavy at some of the sites, but it was fine.”
Douglas said unlike some of the polling sites around the state none of the precincts in Montgomery County ran out of ballots.
“I think we had some that were starting to run low, but we could have ran more out or we have a touch screen machine that could have been used,” Douglas said.
Turnout was heavy all around the county.
Two precincts reached more than 70 percent. Only — Sugar Creek — reached an amazing 75.78 percent. A total of 219 of 298 voters went to the polls. Union 3 also broke the 70 percent mark with 71.75 percent of its registered voters casting ballots (767 of 1,069).
Five other precincts had at least two thirds of its voters cast ballots. Those precincts were: Union 2 (69.4 percent), Union 6 (68.4 percent), Franklin (67.11 percent), Union 4 (67.08 percent) and Walnut (67.01 percent).
Douglas said the turnout was higher than four years ago when the county had “around 55 percent.”
In the presidential race Montgomery County voters cast a total of 14,393 ballots and 9,768 of those went to Mitt Romney (67.8 percent).
In the statewide races, local voters favored the Republicans, except for the race for the Superintendent of Public Instruction where the incumbent Dr. Tony Bennett was defeated by Democrat Glenda Ritz 53.3 percent to Bennett’s 46.6 percent. Ritz won the county by 965 votes.
Montgomery County Democratic Party Chairman David Hadley was pleased with the turnout and the local results of the race between Ritz and Bennett.
“It’s not just because of the teacher’s union,” Hadley said. “It’s a result of the superintendents, businessmen and the parents who have children and who want to see a change in the direction of our educational system.”
County voters favored Richard Murdock in the U.S. Senate race, Mike Pence in the governor’s race, Greg Zeller in the attorney general’s race and Todd Rokita in the U.S. representative race.
In the two local state representative races Montgomery County voters favored Sharon Negele in the District 13 race and Tim Brown in the State 41 race, which he ran unopposed.