Although voter turnout was down nationally this year, Logan County bucked the trend. On election day, 7,984 of the county’s approximately 12,500 registered voters cast ballots. That’s a 63 percent turnout and likely a record, according to Logan County Clerk Peggy Fitzurls.
“In the 12 years I’ve worked in this office or been County Clerk, that’s the largest turnout I’ve seen,” Fitzjurls said last week after the votes had been counted. “I expected turnout to be high but not that high.”
In the only countywide race on the ballot, Fitzjurls won another term in office by defeating challenger Tom Bruce. Fitzjurls is a Democrat and Bruce is a Republican. Here are the totals in that race:
Fitzjurls 4,086 52.72 %
Bruce 3,664 47.28 %
The Clerk race was the first to be contested in the county in at least two decades.
There were two Justice of the Peace races contested on the south side of the county where incumbent independent Bob Krepps won another term, beating Republican George Widener, 468 to 318, in District 7; but Gerald Hodgson unseated incumbent Eddie Finney 405 to 242 in District 9.
Voters in northern Logan County also returned incumbents Debbie Anhalt and Mike Schluterman to the Quorum Court. Anahlt defeated Charles Pearson (273 to 214) and Schluterman defeated Aaron Chastain (436 to 352).
Elected to constable positions were Republican Steve Smithson over Democrat Monroe Robinson 246 to 177 in Six Mile Township and Republican Kean Cunningham over independent Daniel W. Merry, III in Barber Township.
In Logan County Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton. Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, and U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs, also a Republican, won the county.
County voters also voted yes on all four issues on the ballot. None were close with the exception of Issue 6, a proposal allowing the use of medical marijuana. It was approved by seven votes, 3,864 to 3,857.
Fitzjurls said the votes will probably be certified by the county Election Commission on Friday.
Even though turnout was a record in the county, election night wasn’t a long one for workers, Fitzjurls said.
“We were actually out of here by 10:30 (p.m.),” she said. “That tells you how smooth everything went.”