Well after many called it a night, a group of dedicated people worked into the early morning hours to tally the results of the election in Jefferson County, remaining in the County Courthouse past 3 a.m.
With moments of camaraderie and other moments of anxiety, these people kept their spirits up while they counted the ballots from the voters in Jefferson County.
County Clerk Cynthia Newman explained that this election had a high turnout in the county, with roughly 77 percent of registered voters making their way to the polls to let their voices be heard.
“It seemed like they had a high attendance at the polls,” said Newman. “It seems like it took a long time. It’s three o’clock in the morning, and we haven’t been here that long in a while. You have to take the ballots in, and you count them as they come in. It helps when the counting machine works. When you have a lot of write ins, it takes a while to process, especially when we have all of the villages.”
Newman explained that this was somewhat of a historic year, as over 550 people voted early. She doesn’t not believe that that is a new record for the county; however it is one of the highest early turnouts she has seen.
She believes that there may have been some issues for some voters who had not updated their information with their voter registration. She encourages everyone to keep their information up to date.
“We had a lot of provisional votes because people did not keep their addresses correct, or their names correct on their voter registration,” Newman said. “So, hopefully with their experience in this election, they will keep their records up to date.”
Because the 2016 election had a high turnout in Jefferson County, Newman hopes that the momentum from this election will carry on to future elections so that more people use their right to vote.
“Know your candidates, and make sure that your records are up to date,” said Newman. “It makes things easier at the polls. You’re a part of an overall process; you’re a part of something larger that affects the future of the country. It’s not just Jefferson County. You’ve got your individual races, but there are also state races and federal races that you can vote in and let your voice be heard.”
To see the complete election results from Jefferson County, check out the file below: