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Wilson sees spike in voter turnout

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Election officials say more than half of Wilson County registered voters cast ballots during the 2018 midterms.

Of the 56,675 registered voters, 28,778 made their voice count this year, according to official Wilson County Board of Elections canvass results.

“That’s better than a 50 percent turnout,” said Wilson County Elections Director Rená Morris. She added that was an increase from previous midterms.

Election officials also counted provisional ballots Friday for the official election canvass.

Of the 191 provisional ballots, 114 were not approved because the individuals who cast them were not registered to vote, officials said.

Forty-one were only partially approved because some provisional voters voted in the wrong precinct for school board.

WRITE-INS

Write-in votes were allowed in a few races, including the Wilson County School Board and Wilson County Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor.

Morris said there were a few favorites including “God,” “Anybody else” and “Mickey Mouse.”

“He’s a fan favorite,” she said.

But some of the write-ins couldn’t be repeated for print, she added.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

U.S. House District 1 (multi-county district)

• Democrat G.K. Butterfield: 190,445

• Republican Roger W. Allison: 82,209

U.S. House District 2 (multi-county district)

• Republican George Holding: 170,072

• Democrat Linda Coleman: 151,977

• Libertarian Jeff Matemu: 9,655

N.C. Senate District 4 (Wilson, Edgecombe, Halifax counties)

• Democrat Milton F. “Toby” Fitch Jr.: 36,459

• Republican Richard Scott: 25,382

• Libertarian Jesse Shearin: 1,264

N.C. House of Representatives District 24

• Democrat Jean Farmer-Butterfield: 14,219

• Unaffiliated Ken Fontenot: 13,770

Wilson County Sheriff

• Democrat Calvin Woodard Jr.: 19,668

• Republican Kevin Raper: 8,746

Wilson County Board of Education District 7

• Rhyan Breen: 1,807

• Stephanie Cyrus: 974

• Wayne Willingham: 1,529

• Write-ins: 23

Wilson County Board of Education uncontested seats

• Debora Powell, District 1: 2,530; Write-ins: 85

• Christine L. Fitch, District 3: 2,481; Write-ins: 86

• Beverly Page Boyette, District 5: 3,330; Write-ins: 124

Wilson County Board of Commissioners uncontested seats

Leslie T. Atkinson, District 1: 2,729

• Sherry L. Lucas, District 2: 2,744

• JoAnne Daniels, District 3: 2,622

• Roger Lucas, District 4: 2,827

• Rob Boyette, District 5: 3,283

• Chris Hill, District 6: 3,606

• Bill Blackman, District 7.: 3,431

Wilson County Soil and Water Conservation District uncontested seats

• Bryan Lamm: 16,812

• Gary D. Scott: 12,717

• Write-ins: 280

Constitutional Amendments

Vote totals reported below for these statewide referenda are from Wilson County only:

• Protect Right to Hunt and Fish

For: 16,487

Against: 11,328

• Strengthening Victims’ Rights

For: 17,331

Against: 10,453

• Maximum Income Tax Rate at 7 Percent

For: 15,741

Against: 11,968

• Require Photo ID to Vote

For: 15,395

Against: 12,674

• Nonpartisan Judicial Merit Commission

Against: 18,677

For: 8,482

• Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections

Against: 17,174

For: 9,953

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