(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
MAKING A CHOICE: Inslee wins re-election; Wes McCart and Young win county commissioner seats in unofficial results…
Election Day has come and gone, with voters both nationally and locally making decisions that will shape the coming years. In Stevens County, turnout was large with 40.71 percent of ballots returned by election night.
This is expected to grow as 10K more ballot are counted by the Stevens County auditor’s office. For historical perspective, in the 2016 presidential election, 78.9 percent of voters cast a ballot.
In 2020, there were several big races that dominated the headlines. The presidential race probably requires no introduction. Republican incumbent Donald Trump currently has 174 electoral votes, while Democratic challenger and former Obama Vice President Joe Biden has 223 electoral votes. These aren’t the final results but the information we had at press time. Before election day, 101 million people had already cast their ballots.
In more local races, it appears Republican Wes McCart will be regaining his seat as Stevens County Commissioner for District 1. McCart had previously vacated the office due to the usage by commissioners of homelessness funds. McCart has 60 percent of the vote, while his Democratic challenger Michael Bell has 38 percent of the vote.
For the Stevens County Commissioner position for District 3, Republican Greg Young has won the seat with 56 percent of the vote. Independent Malcom Friedman has 43 percent of the vote.
In the Washington State governor’s race, Democratic incumber Jay Inslee received 59 percent of the vote while his Republican challenger – Republic Chief of Police Loren Culp – earned 40 percent of the vote.
In our area state representative races, Pos. 1 Republican incumbent Jacquelin Maycumber won reelection with 69 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Georgia Davenport, who earned 30 percent of the vote.
In the Pos. 2 race, Republican incumbent Joel Kretz won with 73 percent of the vote while Independent JJ Wandler earned 26 percent of the vote.
In Referendum Measure No. 90, 59 percent of voters approved the bill which would require school districts to adopt or develop, consistent with state standards, comprehensive age- appropriate sexual health education as defined, for all students, and excuse students if their parents request.
The results of the election may not be fully known for days. Most states require that ballots be postmarked and received by Nov. 3, but some require that they be postmarked by the day before and received within six days, while others require a postmark on Election Day with up to 10 days or more for delivery.
For the presidential election, as of press time on Tuesday, the race had not been called by the Associated Press. We used the AP’s election numbers.
In 2016, 59 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot, while in 2012, 54 percent of people turned in a ballot. This year, that number is expected to be much higher. The last time over 60 percent of eligible voters in the United States voted was in 1968.
The highest voter turnout that the United States has seen was in 1876 when 81.8 percent of U.S. voters cast a vote. In that election, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes of Ohio narrowly edged out Democrat Samuel J. Tilden of New York 185-184 in the electoral college for president.
The election of 1860 – which has the distinction of being the only U.S. election right before a Civil War, saw Republican Abraham Lincoln win the electoral college with 180 electorates and 18 states carried over Democrat John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky. Lincoln earned 39.8 percent of the popular vote. That election also saw a high turnout with a whopping 81.2 percent voter turnout. It was a four-way contest, and Lincoln’s election served as a catalyst for the American Civil War.
The 1900 presidential election was the most voted in election of the 20th Century with 73.2 percent turnout. Republican William McKinley defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan 292 electoral votes to 155. McKinley earned 51.6 percent of the popular vote.
McKinley was the first president to win consecutive terms since U.S. Grant, with his 1900 win after several revolving door presidents in the late 1800s.
The 2008 election had the previous high for voter turnout in the 21st century with 58.2 percent voter turnout. Democrat Barack Obama defeated Republican John McCain 365 to 173 in the electoral college. Obama received 52.9 percent of the vote and carried 28 states while McCain carried 22 states.
UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS
STEVENS COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT NO. 1
Wes McCart (R) 60% (7,931)
Michael Bell (D) 38% (5,068)
STEVENS COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT NO. 3
Greg J. Young (R) 56% (7,390)
Malcolm Friedman (I) 43% (5,620)
STATE REP. POS. 1
Jacquelin Maycumber (R) 69% (43,552)
Georgia Davenport (D) 30% (19,328)
STATE REP. POS. 2
Joel Kretz (R) 73% (44,934)
JJ Wandler (I) 26% (16,165)
GOVERNOR OF WASHINGTON
Jay Inslee (D) 59% (1,936,773)
Loren Culp (R) 40% (1,305,236)
UNITED STATES REP. DISTRICT 5
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 59% (188,178)
Dave Wilson (D) 40% (126,658)
Denny Heck (D) 47% (1,382,216)
Marko Liias (D) 33% (987,841)
SECRETARY OF STATE
Kim Wyman (R) 51% (1,639,752)
Gael Tarleton (D) 48% (1,534,022)
Mike Pellicciotti (D) 55% (1,758,266)
Duane A Davidson (R)44% (1,391,321)
Pat McCarthy (D) 60% (1,901,491)
Chris Leyba (R) 39% (1,235,394)
Bob Ferguson (D) 59% (1,878,349)
Matt Larkin (R) 40% (1,299,547)
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC LANDS
Hilary Franz (D) 59% (1,865,891)
Sue Kuehl Pederson (R) 40% (1,279,667)
Chris Reykdal 56% (1,644,587)
Maia Espinoza 42% (1,238430)
Mike Kreidler (D) 67% (2,099,334)
Chirayu Avinash Patel (R) 31% (984,090)
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE POS. 3
Dave Larson 39% (1,139,639)
Rauqel Montoya-Lewis 59%(1,716,149)
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE POS. 6
Richard S. Serns 31% (882,808)
G. Helen Whitener 67% (1,885028)
COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE (POS. 2)
Marshall Casey 35% (89,361)
Tracy Arlene Staab 64% (162,038)
REFERENDUM MEASURE NO. 90
Approved 59% (1,893,056)
Rejected 40% (1,273,974)