Trigg Clerk Turns Attention to November Election

Trigg County’s voter turnout Tuesday of 24-percent was higher than the previous two primary elections despite changes in the voting process.

Trigg County had 2,989 votes cast in the election that featured only the races for U.S. Senate and a spot on the state court of appeals.

County Clerk Carmen Finley said 870 votes were cast in the early voting period that took place in the weeks before the Tuesday primary. She said 802 people cast a vote at one of two in-person locations on election day. Overall, she said the in-person voting process went as well as expected.

click to download audioFinley said placing the early ballot location at the EOC building behind the justice center allowed her staff to handle the influx of foot traffic to her office as people conduct their post-COVID-19 business while keeping the crowd at a minimum.

click to download audioFinley said 2,525 ballots were requested by mail with 1,317, or 52-percent returned. She said it cost $1.20 to mail out each ballot with the nearly $3,000 expense absorbed by her office.

She said it’s likely the state will use both in-person and mail-in voting again for the fall general election. She is hoping they continue the early voting process prior to the election.

click to download audioFinley said the state provided the county with $7,800 to help defray the cost of the primary election. She said Tuesday’s election did not cost as much as past years because the county didn’t have to pay workers at 14 different precincts that would have been needed for a normal election.

Trigg County’s 24-percent turnout Tuesday was five-percent more than 2016 and comparable to the 2008 primary when 3,069 people cast a vote resulting in a 31-percent turnout.

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