How did Shelby County vote? An in-depth look at the election
By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Managing Editor
Voting lines topped two hours in some places across Shelby County on Tuesday, Nov. 3, as residents flooded to the polls to cast their votes in the General Election, overwhelmingly supporting President Donald Trump to be reelected to the position.
In 2016, running against Hillary Clinton, Trump received 72 percent of the county’s vote, and that number held true four years later in his bid for reelection.
Taking on former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump received 69.41 percent of the vote, or 79,428 votes, while Biden received 28.87 percent, or 33,036 votes.
In addition to that, the county heavily supported Tommy Tuberville to replace incumbent U.S. Senator Doug Jones 77,579 votes to 36,350 votes. That was 68 percent of the vote in favor of Tuberville and 31.8 percent in favor of Jones.
Tuberville went on to win the statewide election and will be the newest state senator from the state, receiving 63.05 percent of the vote with 63 of 67 counties reporting on Tuesday night.
As a whole, Shelby County had a 69.56-percent voter turnout during this year’s election with 114,752 ballots cast out of 164,967 registered voters.
While it didn’t match the 2016 General Election with a 71-percent voter turnout, there were 22,154 more registered voters this year and 13,210 more ballots cast.
In one of the only big county races, Robert C. (Robbie) Hayes defeated Susan Lane for Shelby County Commission, District 9. Hayes received 77.32 percent of the vote.
The rest of the commission featured uncontested races with Kevin W. Morris for District 1, Tommy Edwards for District 2, Jon Parker for District 3, Ward Williams for District 4, D. Elwyn Bearden for District 5, Mike Vest for District 6, Lindsey Allison for District 8, Rick Shepherd for District 9.
In other contested races, Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh defeated Laura Casey for Public Service Commission President by receiving 63.80 percent of the vote, while Stephanie Bell defeated Jarralynne Agee for the position of State Board of Education District 3 with 70 percent of the vote.
In other races, uncontested winners included U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer, Greg Shaw for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Place 1, William C “Bill” Thompson for Court of Civil Appeals Judge Place 1, Matt Fridy for Court of Civil Appeals Judge Place 2, Mary Windom for Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Place 1, Beth Kellum for Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Place 2, Daniel A. Crowson Jr. for District Court Judge Shelby County Place 2, Peg Hill for Shelby County Board of Education Place 3, and Don Armstrong for Shelby County Property Tax Commissioner.
There was also one local amendment on the ballot with Shelby County voting in favor of the mutual aid amendment by a resounding 93.12 percent.
The county and state also voted on six statewide amendments.
Amendment one passed with 77.62 percent of the vote statewide and 80.59 percent locally.
Amendment two did not pass with a 51.27-percent no vote statewide and a 50.74-percent yes vote locally.
Amendment three passed with 65.02 percent of voters in favor statewide and 68.65 percent of voters in favor locally.
Amendment four passed with a 66.02-percent yes vote statewide and a 68.60-percent yes vote locally.
Amendment five passed with 72.40 percent of voters voting in favor statewide and 76.53 percent voting in favor locally.
Amendment six passed with 72.43 percent in favor statewide and 76.81 percent in favor locally.