By The Independent Staff
Results from the November election have been finalized by the Stevens County Election Department. Total voter turnout from 58 precincts was 78 percent (23,735 of 30,047 registered voters) in 2016, which is down two percent from 2012’s 80 percent voter turnout (22,766 of 28,362 registered voters). Despite the percentage drop, 969 more ballots were cast in this last presidential election than in 2012.
The turnout in the 2016 election was up by a considerable amount compared to the 2014 general election which saw 62 percent of Stevens County registered voters cast a ballot (17,800 out of 28,573 registered voters.) In two years from 2014 to 2016, the county gained 1,474 registered voters.
In the presidential election, 516 more people voted in the 2016 general election as opposed to the 2012 election. Republican Donald Trump carried 66 percent of the vote (15,161) compared to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s 25 percent (5,767). Clinton got 1,995 fewer votes than Barack Obama did in 2012. Trump, meanwhile got 1,470 more than Romney. He was elected as president nation-wide.
Republican Bill Bryant pulled in 68 percent (15,851) of the Stevens County vote in the state governor’s race, which was up two percent from Rob McKenna’s 66 percent (14,554) of the vote in 2012. Governor Jay Inslee’s percentage dropped two percent, or 278 voters. Inslee still won re-election statewide.
In the US Representative race, Cathy McMorris Rodgers earned 67 percent of the Stevens County vote (15,562), which was up three percent from 2014’s 64 percent (11,008 of cast votes). Challenger Joe Pakootas increased his vote count by 1,229 votes, garnering 32 percent of the vote (7,409) which was two percent points lower than his 2014 showing (6,180 votes for him).
McMorris Rodgers was elected district-wide.
To see the full results, go to votestevenscounty.com