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May 23, 2018

Voter turnout 'disgusting' at 27.3%

From the end of the signup period for election to office in Lawrence County, the May 2018 Primary has been quiet -- almost like there was little interest in who will be running the county for the next four critical years.

Then yesterday, the public displayed their disdain by showing up to vote at a paltry 27.3%, not much better than the statewide turnout of 23.5 %.

In one of the most contested races yesterday Republican Chuck Jackson, a Lawrence co. Sheriff's deputy, left, defeated Louisa Police chief Greg Fugitt for the GOP nomination for lawrence Co. sheriff. Fugitt, right, congratulated Jackson in a show of Republican unity . In one of the most contested races yesterday Republican Chuck Jackson, a Lawrence co. Sheriff's deputy, left, defeated Louisa Police chief Greg Fugitt for the GOP nomination for lawrence Co. sheriff. Fugitt, right, congratulated Jackson in a show of Republican unity .

 

Here's the Fall lineup, not counting the "nickel tax", 3 BOE members, and city elections for mayor and council members. 

 

U.S. Representative

Hal Rogers (R) vs. Kenneth Stepp (D)

 

State Representative (96th District)

Jill York (R) vs. Kathy Hinkle (D)

 

Lawrence Co. Judge/Executive

Phillip Carter (R) vs John Osborne (D)

 

Lawrence Co. Sheriff

Chuck Jackson (R)  vs.  Mark Wheeler (D)

 

Lawrence Co. Jailer

Roger Lee Jordan (R)  vs  Denver Chaffin  (D)

 

Lawrence Co. Clerk

Chris Jobe (R)  unopposed

 

Lawrence Circuit Clerk

Jodi Webb Parsley (D)  unopposed

 

Lawrence PVA

Chris Rose (D) unopposed

 

Lawrence Co. Attorney

Michael Hogan (R)  unopposed

 

Lawrence co. Surveyor

Mike Shapaka (R)  vs. Cliff West  (D)

 

Lawrence Co. Coroner

Jarrett Hammond (R)  vs.  Wesley Heston (D)

 

Magistrate Dist 1

Michael "Mouse" Halcomb (R)  vs. Morris Howard (D)

 

Magistrate Dist 2

John Skaggs (R)  vs  John J. Lemaster  (D)

 

Magistrate District 3

David Pinson (R)  vs  Lorie B. Blevins (D)

 

Magistrate District 4

Rick Blackburn (R)  vs  Bobby D. Rose  (D)

 

Constable Dist. 1

Paul Wells (D)  unopposed

 

 Constable Dist. 2

William "Sonny Mynher  (R)   unopposed

 

Constable Dist. 3

Daniel Castle (R)  vs  Jimmy Obrien (D)

 

Constable District 4

David L. Thompson (R)  vs  James "Woody" Thomas  (D)

 

You can also check the voting for any county HERE

You can check Martin co. totals HERE

 

 

Comments  

0 #17 Voted 2018-05-29 02:32
Quoting Citizen:
Quoting CathiW:
I honestly think many independents did not realize that they were allowed to vote in the non-partisan race yesterday. That skewed the % downward somewhat. I saw some people posting on FB that they couldn’t vote because they were registered as an Independent....


If you're going to register as Independent then you should know that you can't vote in party races, only non-partisan.
That's not so. I am registered Independent and I voted. They ask me if I wanted an Independent ticket or did I want a Rep. or Dem.? I ask for Republican and I voted.
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-1 #16 a shame 2018-05-28 19:20
This county is in trouble for sure.Needed a change in office bad. I guess most of the voters live on state maintained roads. Morris Howard is a joke!
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0 #15 a shame 2018-05-28 19:17
Morris Howard should have never gotten back in office, unreal. Should have run Sadness. None of them have any Ideas for this county.
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+2 #14 Truth 2018-05-27 12:11
If you or your children leave this county/area they will be better off in the long run. Better everything and much more opportunities. So you people who leave don't let the door hit you in the _ _ _ !
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-1 #13 Fellow Citizen 2018-05-27 04:16
Quoting Agree:
Quoting Lookin Ahead:
I'll just about guarantee that at least 50% of my fellow graduates will leave Lawrence County as well. There is nothing here for us. We don't want to work at Walmart or McDonald's the rest of our lives.

Perfect Answer. I have a child with a college education that had to leave. Nothing here for him. These candidates are only in there for the money although i really don’t think they know what being an elected official is all about. This county has not moved forward in many years and it is a shame. They have no clue how to attract businesses and jobs. I am NOT a republican or a Carter fan but in this counties situation he may be the best choice for judge. At least he has ideas. Not one thing has been done to move us foward the last two terms. I voted for Osborne both times although we are still the same. STILL HERE. That’s about it. Something will happen in a few years but i can guarantee they had nothing to do with it. They will jump on the band wagon though. You are basically paying a judge and the fiscal court to pay the county's bills.


Carter also has business experience because he owns a few. I agree with u that we need someone different in office bc Osborn hasn't done anything in the last two terms. I don't think he will even do anything if he wins a third time in a row.
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+1 #12 Mary Lawson 2018-05-25 23:53
I took off work early to vote
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+1 #11 Citizen 2018-05-25 20:04
Quoting CathiW:
I honestly think many independents did not realize that they were allowed to vote in the non-partisan race yesterday. That skewed the % downward somewhat. I saw some people posting on FB that they couldn’t vote because they were registered as an Independent....


If you're going to register as Independent then you should know that you can't vote in party races, only non-partisan.
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+4 #10 Agree 2018-05-25 12:02
Quoting Lookin Ahead:
I'll just about guarantee that at least 50% of my fellow graduates will leave Lawrence County as well. There is nothing here for us. We don't want to work at Walmart or McDonald's the rest of our lives.

Perfect Answer. I have a child with a college education that had to leave. Nothing here for him. These candidates are only in there for the money although i really don’t think they know what being an elected official is all about. This county has not moved forward in many years and it is a shame. They have no clue how to attract businesses and jobs. I am NOT a republican or a Carter fan but in this counties situation he may be the best choice for judge. At least he has ideas. Not one thing has been done to move us foward the last two terms. I voted for Osborne both times although we are still the same. STILL HERE. That’s about it. Something will happen in a few years but i can guarantee they had nothing to do with it. They will jump on the band wagon though. You are basically paying a judge and the fiscal court to pay the county's bills.
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-1 #9 Gene 2018-05-24 23:46
And looking at the percent of voters at 23 percent I bet 50 % didn’t vote!!!
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+5 #8 Lookin Ahead 2018-05-24 16:34
I'll just about guarantee that at least 50% of my fellow graduates will leave Lawrence County as well. There is nothing here for us. We don't want to work at Walmart or McDonald's the rest of our lives.
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+2 #7 Lookin Ahead 2018-05-24 03:54
NoQuoting Bernard Nelson:
It's a shame that only a few folks voted. If our county & towns are to improve, EVERYONE must take an active part in choosing our leaders.
27% turnout is a disgrace, come on citizens, don't you care about our way of life and our county ?????????


Not really. I'm outta here as soon as I can work a few things out. This county is pathetic.
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+2 #6 CathiW 2018-05-24 01:55
I honestly think many independents did not realize that they were allowed to vote in the non-partisan race yesterday. That skewed the % downward somewhat. I saw some people posting on FB that they couldn’t vote because they were registered as an Independent....
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+6 #5 Vote 2018-05-23 21:47
The only way voter turnout will improve is when candidates threaten to decrease their free stuff. Lets tell it like it is.
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+10 #4 Tax 2018-05-23 21:00
I am glad the nickel tax was mentioned. This is also a disgrace in these times. People can’t afford this especially people on a fixed income. How can these board members lay their head down at night asking for a tax increase when they do not award bids to the low bidder for their services? This will not be brought up much between now and the election as the school board will want it to remain quiet. That is their best chance of it passing. Just Sayin.
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+7 #3 Agree 2018-05-23 17:53
People in this country don’t realize the power of their vote, oppressed people in countries around the world would walk 50 miles to vote if they had the freedom our forefathers and military heroes have provided us. Get off your lazy asses and vote, or quit complaining when you don’t like the way things are going. 27% what a complete joke.
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0 #2 Voter 2018-05-23 17:41
Very sad at the turnout yesterday. But on a brighter note thank goodness the city of Louisa did not lose our outstanding Police chief he is truly an asset to our city and am glad we get to keep him. He would of made an amazing sheriff. But living in the city limits makes me selfish and glad he will remain Louisa Chief of Police. Good race.
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+12 #1 Bernard Nelson 2018-05-23 16:49
It's a shame that only a few folks voted. If our county & towns are to improve, EVERYONE must take an active part in choosing our leaders.
27% turnout is a disgrace, come on citizens, don't you care about our way of life and our county ?????????
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