Voter turnout in Stokes County just missed breaking the two-percent mark on Tuesday for the second primary, which cost the county an estimated $20,000.
Board of elections offices across the state had to hold a second primary on July 17 for several state offices: N.C. Commissioner of Labor, Democrat; N.C. Lieutenant Governor, Republican; N.C. Commissioner of Insurance, Republican; N.C. Secretary of State, Republican; and N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction, Republican. Some counties had local run-off races on the ballot as well.
In Stokes County, 1.99 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot, a total of 592 voters. Polls were required to be open in all 20 precincts from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Jason Perry, director of the Stokes County Board of Elections, said turnout was a little bit higher than in 2008 when 1.57 percent of eligible voters turned out. But that time only Democrats were eligible to vote. This time both parties had races to vote for.
Stokes results mirrored statewide results. Voter turnout was only slightly higher statewide, with 3.58 percent of eligible voters participating.
According to unofficial Tuesday night results, in the race for the N.C. Commissioner of Labor Democratic slot, John C. Brooks received 61.5 percent of the votes in Stokes and 54.15 percent across the state to pass Marlowe Foster.
In the Republican races, N.C. Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Forest received nearly 71 percent of the vote in Stokes and in 67.89 percent across the state, beating his opponent Tony Gurley. He will face Democrat Linda Coleman in the November general election.
Unofficial results had N.C. Commissioner of Insurance Republican candidate Mike Causey taking home the most votes in Stokes with 57.21 percent and in the state with 57.39 percent, surpassing Richard Morgan.
The N.C. Secretary of State Republican race was also tight, with Ed Goodwin receiving 62.14 percent of the votes in Stokes and 54.48 percent in the state, surpassing Kenn Gardner.
With the Republican spot for N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Tedesco received 54.95 percent in the county and 54.42 percent in the state over Richard Alexander.
Filing for three open Stokes County Board of Education seats began on June 4 and will continue until July 27 at noon. As of Tuesday, four people had filed so far: incumbent Rebecca (Becky) Boles, 65, of Germanton; incumbent Sonya Cox, 47, of King; Russel (Russ) Slate Sr., 65, of Lawsonville; and incumbent David L. Smith, 62, of King.
For more information about elections, call the Stokes County Board of Elections at 336-593-2409 or visit www.co.stokes.nc.us/vote.