A total of 56.45 percent of Navarro County’s 27,368 registered voters turned out for Tuesday’s General Election, down from figures of four years ago.
Also down, the number of registered voters in the county — down 1,117 from 2008, and down 1,602 from 2004 figures from the Texas Secretary of State.
Navarro County voters cast a total of 7,940 “early” ballots, and 7,510 votes were cast on Election Day 2012 at the 30 polling places in the county, for a total of 15,450 votes cast. In 2008, 16,321 votes were cast in the General Election — a turnout of 57.30 percent; 2004 had 16,034 votes, a 55.35 percent.
Straight-party votes accounted for about half of the ballot totals — 5,858 Republicans and 2.835 Democrats voted a straight-party ticket. Republicans won every race in Navarro County voting, and with the election of Jason Grant and Elmer Tanner, every county office in Navarro County is now held by a Republican.
There were a number of county seats that were unopposed in voting Tuesday. Re-elected with no opposition to another term were District Judge James Lagomarsino, County Court-At-Law Judge Amanda Putman, District Clerk Josh Tackett, Pct. 3 County Commissioner David “Butch” Warren, Tax Assessor-Collector Russell Hudson, and constables Michael Davis in Pct. 1, David Foreman in Pct. 2, Nicole McMahan in Pct. 3, and Tommy Grant in Pct. 4.
Hudson garnered the most votes in Navarro County of any candidate in any race, with 11,551 votes received. Lagomarsino was second with 11,324. Both were unopposed.
Sheriff-elect Tanner received the most votes in a contested race in the county, garnering 11,152 votes to his opponent’s 3,823.
Tackett’s election Tuesday was for the unexpired term of former District Clerk Joe Hobbs, who resigned from office due to health reasons. Tackett was appointed by Lagomarsino to fill the office until the Tuesday election. Tackett will have to run again in 2014 for four-year term to get back into the election cycle for his office.
McMahan was named the Republican candidate for constable of Pct. 3 after incumbent Brad Butler resigned his post in August.
Putman was appointed to her post by the commissioners court in 2011, and was elected to a four-year term Tuesday.
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