Carter County Election Board Secretary Diane Hall said Wednesday they had a “really good” turnout for Tuesday’s Primary Election.
“It wasn’t as good as March,” Hall said, referring to the presidential preferential primary. “But it was really good.”
The election board calculates voter turnout by going through the precinct registries. Hall said they check it and recheck it to make sure they did not miss anyone or accidentally mark someone down.
According to unofficial results, the largest number of votes received was for the Carter County Court Clerk office, with a total of 2,212 votes. The second largest voter turnout was for the Republican candidate race for county sheriff, with 2,129 votes.
Since there was no Republican opponent for the court clerk race, Democratic candidate Renee Burkhart Bryant secured the office. She won the election by the largest margin of votes in the county, as well, receiving over 78 percent of the vote.
Republican candidate for Carter County Commissioner District 2, Bill Baker, won by the second largest margin, receiving over 69 percent of the vote.
Hall said there are about 29,000 people registered to vote in Carter County, but typically a small percentage goes out and votes and it’s usually the same people for each election. All in all, though, she said Tuesday went well aside from the typical complaints.
“There were a lot of upset people wanting to vote outside of their political party and Oklahoma’s a closed primary. It has been for years and years, at least since the 80s,” Hall said. “So, it’s nothing new.”
Some who were not registered as Republicans were upset they could not vote in the sheriff election. Hall said while people were upset they didn’t have any say for the candidate in this election, they will in November for the General Election.