Voter turnout 21.5 percent

By Andrea Chaffin

May 7, 2014

More than 5,000 registered voters in Madison County cast ballots Tuesday during the 2014 primary election, according to unofficial results from the Madison County Board of Elections.

Of the county’s 23,642 registered voters, 5,094 voted, an overall turnout of 21.5 percent.

Republican voters marked 3,371 of the ballots, Democrat voters 1,066 ballots, non-partisan voters 634 ballots, Libertarian voters 20 ballots and Green Party voters three ballots.

The one contested race between Republicans Christopher Brown and Richard Dunkle for Madison County Probate/Juvenile Court judge resulted in an apparent win for Brown. He scored 1,801 votes, compared to Dunkle’s 1,183 votes.

During the last primary election in May 2012, which featured a contested county commission race among Republican candidates and London City Schools levy, 7,555 ballots were cast for a total voter turnout of 31.76 percent.

The results from Tuesday do not include 26 outstanding absentee ballots, said Tim Ward, executive director of the election board.

To be counted, absentee ballots must be properly filled out and postmarked by May 5. They must be received in the board office no later than the 10th day after the election, May 16.

Countywide, there are also 35 provisional ballots to be counted, Ward said.

The board of elections will certify the ballots, making the results official, on May 27.

The 2014 general election is Nov. 4. Filing deadline for independent candidates is Aug. 25.

Andrea Chaffin can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @AndeeWrites.