Allison: Voter turnout lower than expected across Walker County
by Rachel Davis
Mar 15, 2012 | 1353 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Only about 27 percent of Walker County’s registered voters turned out on Tuesday, according to Probate Judge Rick Allison. The total number of voters, county-wide was 11,785.

The last Alabama primary, held before the 2010 governor’s election, counted 15,362 voters in Walker County. The 2008 presidential primary, the only time Alabama has ever had a separate primary for the presidential and local races, had 16,456 voters.

“This time, you had a lot of Democrats, like myself, that were unopposed,” Allison said of the low turnout. “I’m hoping it was just people who were just going to wait and see who was left standing for the general election.”

Of the voters in Walker County, 9,559 of them voted on a Republican ballot, while just 2,226 voted on a Democratic ballot.

“You had a lot of Democrats that crossed over and voted for candidates that were good local candidates,” Allison said. “I don’t think everybody that voted in the Republican primary is just outright Republican. I thinka lot of those are going to look at the candidate, not the party.”

Runoff set for District 3 commission race

One Walker County Commission Race — the District 3 Republican primary — will have a runoff election on April 24. That race had three candidates running and none of them secured more than 50 percent of the votes, as required to win the party nomination. District 3 covers the Cordova, Parrish and Oakman areas.

Bobby Nunnelly and Josh Madison were the top two candidates in that race and will face each other in the April 24 runoff. Only registered voters in the District 3 area will be allowed to vote in the contest.

Reached at home on Wednesday, Nunnelley said he would just recommit to campaigning the same way he had before the election.

“I’m just going to work harder,” Nunnelley said.

Nunnelley is a retired mine superintendent who decided to run for County Commission out of frustration over the roads.

Madison also said he would stick to his campaign strategy and is still researching and planning a new business strategy, which he believes is the key to the county’s success.

“I’ve researched the county’s debt, and, even if we don’t borrow another penny, at this rate we will still be paying off this debt in 20 years,” Madison said. “That’s not working for us, we need a new plan and a new business strategy.”

Madison works in Bevill State Community College’s Mine Technology department. He decided to run for County Commission because he believes that citizens need to know more of what’s going on in their part of the county and vows more transparency and accessibility if he is elected to the commission.

Alabama primary voter turnout 31.2 percent

MONTGOMERY (AP) — More than three-tenths of Alabama's registered voters turned out for the state's first experiment at combining the presidential and state primaries in March.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election showed that 821,853 of Alabama's 2.63 million registered voters participated, or 31.2 percent.

It didn't break the record of 42.6 percent set in the 2008 presidential primary, but it replaced the old second place mark of 29 percent for the 1992 presidential primary.

The primary turnout was slightly better than the 28.9 percent that Alabama's top election official, Secretary of State Beth Chapman, had predicted.