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County Clerk Allison Harbison says voter turnout less than in 2010, thanks election works, staff for great job last 14 years

County Clerk Allison Harbison’s office has provided post-election details and it appears there was a 39 percent voter turnout for the General Election. Of the some 14,500 registered voters in Shelby County, 5,600 voted.


She said with the large Early Voting turnout she thought it would actually be a record-breaking year, but Tuesday’s numbers were down. She said in 2010 there were 5,873 vote and some 246 less voted this year.


A good number of locals also followed the state-wide trend of voting straight Republican ticket, as 1,479 went “Red” across the board out of 2,147 straight ticket voters. Ms. Harbison told us that straight party voting was actually higher in 2010.


In the Center ISD Board race, also a fairly good turnout as 38 percent of the 62-hundred registered voters went to the polls, most doing so during early voting.


This week’s election marked the last in 14 years for Ms. Harbison. She will be taking over the reins as Shelby County Judge the first-of-the year.


She said she wanted to thank everyone who worked the election; her staff, early voting staff, the Election Day judges and clerks, saying that everyone working together has made her tenure as county clerk efficient and expedient.


Ms. Harbison noted she’s leaving the office in capable hands. Incoming county clerk is Jennifer Fountain, and Deputy Clerks Darlene Clark, Machelle Lathan, Jessica Merritt and Josey Permenter will continue to do a wonderful job.


She wanted everyone to know it’s been an honor to serve Shelby County, and she looked forward to continuing to serve the next four years in her new position.

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