Voter turnout just over 26 percent in Carroll County in primary election

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By Carol McIntire- Editor

Just over 25 percent of the 18,048 voters in Carroll County cast ballots in the March 19 primary election.

According to unofficial results from the Carroll County Board of Elections, a total of 4,801 ballots were cast. That number includes 878 early in-person and absentee ballots, 3,843 Republican ballots, 901 Democrats and 57 non-partisan ballots were cast.

Board of Elections Director Cheri Whipkey wasn’t surprised with the low turnout.

“This election was just a smidge over the last couple, primaries,” Whipkey noted, adding the turnout at the previous two was about 25 percent.\ Voters in the Brown Local School District approved the renewal of a 3.5 mill levy that generates approximately $700,000 a year. The levy is for a 10-year period, commences in 2025 and will first be collected in 2026.

“On behalf of the Board of Education and the Brown Local School District, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Brown Local community for its approval of the renewal levy. With the passing of this renewal, Brown Local Schools will be able to continue the pride, excellence, and tradition that has become synonymous with the academic, athletic, fine arts, and student-centered programs that make our small school district unique and special,” said Superintendent Mark Scott.

“We will continue to be good stewards of the resources you have entrusted to us, working to ensure a high-quality and individualized education for our students in the most cost-effective manner possible. Again, thank you to our entire community for supporting our schools!”

Voters also approved liquor options for Century Farms in Carrollton and Great Trail near Minerva.

The unofficial Carroll County results are as follows:

Democrat ballot

President: Joseph R. Biden, Jr, 697; Dean Phillips, 162.

US. Senator: Sherrod Brown, 849.

Representative to Congress: Rylan F. Finzer, 293; Michael L. Kripchak, 472.

Representative to Congress (unexpired term): Rylan Finzer, 297; Michael K. Kripchak, 472.

Justice of the Supreme Court: Michael Donnelly, 777.

Justice of the Supreme Court (unexpired term): Lisa Forbes, 489; Terri Jamison, 297.

State Representative (79th District): Dan Votaw, 731.

Clerk of Court of Common Pleas: William R. Wohlwend, 754.


President: Chris Christie, 39; Ron DeSantis, 106; Nikki R. Haley, 319; Vivek Ramaswamy, 36; Donald J. Trump, 3,274.

U.S. Senator: Matt Dolan, 1,028; Frank LaRose, 821; Bernie Moreno, 1,812.

Representative to Congress:  Michael A. Rulli, 1,154; Reggie Stoltzfus, 2,061; Rick Tsai, 341.

Representative to Congress (unexpired term): Michael A. Rulli, 1,117; Reggie Stoltzfus, 2,016; Rick Tsai, 379.

 Justice of the Supreme Court: Megan E. Shanahan, 2,858.

Justice of the Supreme Court: Joseph T. Deters, 2,793.

Justice of the Supreme Court (unexpired term): Daniel R. Hawkins, 2,770.

Seventh District Court of Appeals: Mary DeGenaro, 1,135; Katelyn Dickey, 2,145.

Member of State Central Committee, Man: Sean M. Hart, 872; David W. Johnson, 2,226.

Member of State Central Committee, Woman: Roberta Baker, 1,218; Allison Zwicker, 1,735.

Common Pleas Judge: Michael V. Repella, II, 2,992.

County Commissioner (2); Robert E. Wirkner, 2,868.

County Commissioner (1): Christopher R. Modranski, 2,896.

Prosecuting Attorney: Steven D. Barnett, 2,821.

Sheriff: Calvin Graham, 3,187.

Recorder: Patricia Oyer, 3,068.

Treasurer: Jeff Yeager, 3,115.

Engineer: Brian Wise, 3,001.

Coroner: Mandal B. Haas, 3,095.


Brown Local Schools 3.5 mill emergency levy: Yes, 582; No, 414.

Great Trail liquor option: Yes, 205; No, 98.

Great Trail liquor option (Sunday sales): Yes, 198; No, 106.

Century Farms liquor option: Yes,171, No, 52.

Century Farms liquor option (Sunday sales): Yes, 160, No, 63.

East Twp. 1-mill road levy:  Yes, 98; No, 50.

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