Update: On Nov. 12, the Secretary of State's website updated general election information for Oconee County. The revised numbers show 17,889 or 80 percent of Oconee's registered voters cast ballots. The chart has been updated with the revised numbers.
In 2008, 17,208 voters in Oconee County cast ballots, or about 84.4 percent of the 20, 397 registered voters in the county at that time. Four years ago, 12,120 votes, 70.57 percent, were cast for the Republican nominee, John McCain and 4, 825 or 28.09 percent for President Barack Obama.
It comes as no surprise then that Oconee County heavily favored Romney in his bid for presidency nearly 3 to 1 (see details below).
Most of the local races in the General Election were unopposed, as they were decided in the July 31st primary.
In early and advanced voting, which ended Friday, , according to Oconee County Observations. When Tuesday's votes were added to the mix, turnout totaled 80 percent. This is down from 2008, when turnout was nearly 84.4 percent in Oconee County.
Oconee County 2012 General Election Unofficial Results***Registered Voters: 22,362 Ballots Cast: 17,889 Voter Turnout: 80 % U.S. President Votes
% (I) Barack Obama, Dem. (Joe Biden, VP) 4,421
24.83 Mitt Romney, Rep. (Paul Ryan VP) 13,098
73.56 Gary Johnson, Lib. (James Gray VP) 288
Public Service Commissioner
% (I) Chuck Eaton, Rep
73.02 Stephen Oppenheimer, Dem
20.95 Brad Ploeger, Lib
Public Service Commissioner Votes
% (I) Stan Wise, Rep.
79.29 David Staples, Lib
U.S. House, 10th District Votes
% (I) Paul Broun, Rep.
State Senate 46th District Votes
% (I) Bill Cowsert, Rep.
State House 117th District Votes
% Regina Quick, Rep.
State House 119th District Votes % (I) Chuck Williams 9,877 100 District Attorney of Western Judicial Circuit
% (I) Ken Maulding, Dem.
Clerk of Superior Court
% (I) Angela Watson, Rep.
% (I) Scott Berry, Rep.
% Jennifer Riddle, Rep. 14,549
% (I) Ed Carson, Rep.
County Commission Chairman Votes
% (I) Melvin Davis, Rep.
County Commission Post 1
% (I) Jim Luke, Rep.
County Commission Post 4
% Mark Saxon, Rep.
Board of Education Chairman
% Tom Odom, Rep.
Board of Education Post 4
% Mike Burnette, Rep.
Board of Education Post 5
% (I) Wayne Bagley, Rep.
Watkinsville Council Post 2 (Special Election) Votes % Nicole Brooks 158 41.4 Connie Massey 224 58.6
Constitutional Amendment ProposalsAmendment Yes %
1. Allow state or local approval of public charter schools upson request of local communities?8,160 48.04
2. Provide for a reduction in the state's operating costs by allowing the General Assembly to authorize certain state agencies to enter into multiyear rental agreements? 10,488 65.51
***Results unofficial until certified.