Voter turnout high in region

Voter turned out in droves Tuesday to pick the nation’s next president, area congress members and, in some cases, town leaders.

Warren County showed that 71 percent of registered voters cast ballots at the polls for the presidential and congressional elections, according to unofficial results provided by the Voter Registrar’s Office. Data showed that 17,934 voters out of 25,377 registered voters cast ballots. However, 54 percent of registered voters in the five precincts in the Town Council and mayoral races cast ballots. Data showed that 4,712 voters cast ballots out of the 8,792 registered in the five precincts, including absentees.

Warren County saw a 69.57 percent turnout in the 2004 general election, when 14,121 voters out of 20,299 registered voters cast ballots. The county saw a 70.83 percent turnout in the 2008 general election, when 16,246 voters out of 22,937 registered voters cast ballots.

Turnout dropped significantly in the 2014 general election to 38 percent, when 9,323 voters out of 24,292 registered voters cast ballots. That year marked the first time Front Royal held its elections for Town Council and mayor after moving the local contests from May to November. Councilwoman Bébhinn Egger, elected in the 2014 contest, and outgoing Mayor Timothy Darr have voiced support for moving local elections back to May. The data from the Voter Registrar’s Office showed that voters turning out to cast ballots in the national election likely boosted the numbers for the local contests.

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Warren County saw its turnout hit approximately 41 percent – an increase over the 36.8 percent that voted in same race four years earlier.

Shenandoah County experienced a high voter turnout of 72.2 percent on Tuesday – with 20,482 ballots cast out of 28,348 registered voters, according to unofficial results from the Voter Registrar’s Office.

The Shenandoah County Voter Registrar reported the following number of ballots cast per precinct:
• Orkney Springs – 866
• New Market – 2,207
• Conicville – 1,576
• Mount Jackson – 1,361
• Edinburg – 1,423
• St. Luke – 1,407
• Fort Valley – 761
• Woodstock – 2,837
• Cedar Creek – 118
• Toms Brook – 1,971
• Lebanon Church – 1,348
• Strasburg – 2,903
•Central absentee – 1,704

Shenandoah County saw voter turnout hit or exceed 40 percent in November 2015.

Frederick County saw 40,578 voters out of 56,290 registered voters cast ballots, or 72.09 percent, according to information from General Registrar Rick Miller. By comparison, Frederick County voter turnout in the November 2014 mid-term election was 22,045 voters out of 52,910, or 41.67 percent of the registered voters cast ballots.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com