Although 105 provisional ballots were added to the final March 15 primary election tally when the Fayette County Board of Elections certified the election results on Thursday, the additional number did not change any of the winners in local races.
A provisional ballot is used to record a vote if a voter’s eligibility is in question and the voter would otherwise not be permitted to vote at his or her polling place. The content of a provisional ballot is no different from a regular ballot, but it is cast “provisionally” until election officials can verify the voter’s eligibility to vote in the particular precinct at that election. “Only 15 provisional ballots we received did not count,” said Beth Ann Snyder, Board of Elections director.
According to the official final results, a total of 6,620 ballots were cast in the March 15 presidential primary out of 15,740 registered voters in Fayette County for a 42.06 percent turnout. To break it down further, there were 1,354 Democratic ballots cast, 5,255 Republican ballots cast, seven Green Party ballots cast, and four non-partisan ballots cast.
In the race for the Democratic presidential nominee in the 10th Congressional District, 663 voted for Hillary Clinton, 471 voted for Bernie Sanders, and five voted for Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente. In the 15th Congressional District, 111 voted for Clinton, 82 for Sanders, and five for De La Fuente.
In the race for the Republican presidential nominee in the 10th Congressional District, John Kasich received 1,902 votes, Donald Trump received 1,454, Ted Cruz received 469, Marco Rubio received 96, Ben Carson received 52, Jeb Bush received 24, Mike Huckabee received 24, Chris Christie received eight, and Carly Fiorina received three. In the 15th Congressional District, Kasich received 497 votes, Trump received 452, Cruz received 159, Rubio received 15, Carson received 13, Huckabee received eight, Bush received seven, Christie received three, Rick Santorum received two, and Fiorina received one.
In the county Republican Central Committee races, Evelyn A. Pentzer defeated Aaron D. Coole by a 182-74 margin; James F. Ward won a three-person race by securing 121 votes to Marlene Rankin’s 116 and Milan Hansen’s 103; David A. Bivens defeated John Rhoad by a 134-126 margin; Daniel Roberts defeated Paul H. Miller by a 149-99 margin; Wayne Arnold won a three-person race with 86 votes to R. David Wood’s 42 and Glenn E. Rankin’s 41; Gordon D. Conn defeated Dalton Pate by a 109-15 margin; Susan Jordan defeated Carolyn McLaughlin by a 97-50 margin; Robin R. Beekman defeated James Rosendahl by a 140-53 margin; Charles V. Anderson defeated Janet L. Anderson by a 92-71 margin; and Ruth Ann Ruth won a three-person race with 111 votes to Doug Boedeker’s 102 and Karen T. Hoppes’ 102.
In the county Democratic Central Committee election, all of the races were uncontested.
In Jeffersonville, the 2.9-mill renewal current expense levy passed by a 146-50 margin. The local option to allow El Dorado in Washington C.H. to serve alcohol on Sundays passed by a 218-158 margin.
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