What was county’s voter turnout? Which precincts were highest?
Published 12:10 pm Wednesday, November 7, 2018
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
COLUMBIANA – Shelby County saw one of its highest voter turnouts in recent history during the Nov. 6 general election, and all voting precincts in the county saw relatively uniform turnouts throughout the day, according to Shelby County Probate Court.
Of the 148,987 registered voters in Shelby County, 84,048 cast ballots in the Nov. 6 election, bringing the voter turnout number to about 56.4 percent.
Other than the 2016 presidential race, which drew a higher-than-70-percent turnout, Nov. 6 marked the highest voter turnout in the county in the past several years.
As in past years, Shelby County voters leaned heavily Republican in the election, as all contested races on the county’s ballot were overwhelming victories for GOP candidates.
In the Alabama governor’s race, Republican incumbent Kay Ivey defeated Democrat Walt Maddox 68 percent to 32 percent. In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, Republican Will Ainsworth defeated Democrat Will Boyd 71 percent to 29 percent.
Incumbent Republican Attorney General Steve Marshall defeated Democrat Joseph Siegelman 70 percent to 30 percent, GOP Secretary of State incumbent John Merrill defeated Democrat Heather Milam 71-29 percent and Republican incumbent Jim Zeigler defeated Democrat Miranda Joseph 70-30 percent in the Alabama state auditor race.
In contested Alabama House and Senate races, Republican incumbent Jim McClendon defeated Democrat Carl Carter 75-25 percent for Senate District 11, GOP incumbent Cam Ward defeated Democrat Jerry McDonald 68-32 percent for Senate District 14 and Republican incumbent J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner defeated Democrat Lindsey Deckard 71-29 percent for Senate District 16.
In the state House, GOP incumbent Allen Farley won re-election to district 15 over Democratic challenger Suzanna Coleman 72-28 percent, Republican incumbent Corley Ellis defeated Democrat Emily Anne Marcum 75-25 percent for District 41 and GOP incumbent Arnold Mooney defeated Democrat Carin Mayo 72-28 percent for District 43.
In other House races, Republican incumbent Dickie Drake defeated Democrat Jenn Gray 75-25 percent for District 45, GOP incumbent Jim Carns defeated Democratic challenger Alli Summerford 63-37 percent for District 48 and GOP incumbent Matt Fridy defeated Democrat Jack Jacobs 69-31 percent for District 73.
In the only federal election on the county’s ballot, Republican incumbent Gary Palmer won re-election over Democratic challenger Danner Kline 72-28 percent for Alabama’s 6th Congressional District.
Locally, Republican incumbent David Bobo defeated Democrat Susan Lehman 70-30 percent for Place 2 on the Shelby County Board of Education, and county voters approved a local amendment to the state constitution 69-31 percent to prohibit residents in local cities with their own school systems from voting in future Shelby County Board of Education member and superintendent elections.
How was voter turnout at each precinct?
-Dunnavant Community Center – 62.05 percent
-Vandiver-Sterrett Senior Center – 54.38 percent
-Turner Hillis Legion No. 195 – 54.75 percent
-Vincent Revival Center – 52.59 percent
-Harpersville Town Hall – 51.76 percent
-New Life Assembly of God – 55.25 percent
-Chelsea Church of God – 57.50 percent
-North Shelby Baptist Church – 54.41 percent
-Asbury United Methodist Church – 56.87 percent
-Blackwatch Sports – 55.67 percent
-Shoal Creek Town Hall – 57.65 percent
-Greystone Farms Clubhouse – 61.68 percent
-Hoover Fire Station No. 8 – 58.36 percent
-The Church at Brookhills – 53.94 percent
-Meadowbrook Baptist Church – 50.26 percent
-New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church – 61.66 percent
-First Christian Church – 51.54 percent
-Valleydale Baptist Church – 61.75 percent
-Riverchase Church of Christ – 58.16 percent
-Pelham Civic Complex – 57.54 percent
-Helena Community Center – 55.29 percent
-Stonecrest Baptist Church – 58.80 percent
-Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – 53.85 percent
-Restore at Alabaster First United Methodist Church – 49.65 percent
-Alabaster Liberty Baptist Church – 45.32 percent
-Evangel Presbyterian Church – 56.44 percent
-First Presbyterian Church – 54.37 percent
-Chelsea Community Center – 56.37 percent
-Pelham Park and Recreation Center – 53.78 percent
-Stewart Student Retreat – 50.20 percent
-Pea Ridge Community Center – 49.28 percent
-Riverchase Baptist Church – 61.33 percent
-Montevallo Parks and Recreation – 46.15 percent
-Roy Downs Memorial Library – 49.28 percent
-Concord Baptist Church – 51.74 percent
-Camp Branch Civic Center – 61.42 percent
-Columbiana Recreation Building – 49.38 percent
-Fourmile Volunteer Fire Department – 58.33 percent
-Wilsonville United Methodist Church – 55.38 percent
-Shelby Iron Works Park – 51.43 percent
-Bay Springs Baptist Church – 49.75 percent
-Christ United Methodist Church – 62.87 percent
-Faith Presbyterian Church – 59.49 percent
-Shelby County also had 2,347 absentee ballots