Voter turnout played a major part in Alabama's senate election Tuesday. Numbers were especially high in our area. Many more voters were out this time, compared to the August primary. We took a close look at the numbers in both Mobile County and in Baldwin County.
According to the Alabama of Secretary of State, yesterday's unofficial statewide total number of votes was 1,346,147. That's 40.46% of the 3,326,812 registered voters in the state. Senator-elect Doug Jones had 671,151 (49.92%) votes and his opponent Roy Moore had 650,436 (48.38%) votes. There were 22,780 (1.69%) write in votes.
In Baldwin County, the total number of votes cast was 62,686. That's 42.74% of the 146,682 people registered to vote in the county. Jones took home 22,131 (35.54%) of the votes and Moore took 38,445 (61.73%) of the votes in Baldwin County. There were 1,699 (2.73%) write-in votes.
In Mobile County, the total number of votes cast was 110,559. That's 38.55% of the 286,761 registered voters in the county. Jones took 62,253 (56.33%) of the votes and Moore took 46,725 (42.28) of the votes in Mobile County. There were 1,539 (1.39%) write-in votes.
These numbers are a big jump from those we saw in the August primary. Mobile County reported 15 percent and Baldwin County reported 20 percent voter turnout.
It was clear form the time polls opened that more people than usual were out to vote. Folks even had to stand in lines outside of some precincts. We caught up with Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell who says this turnout was huge for the county.
"I was very pleased in my county. We had a tremendous turnout. I was saying last night about 45%, but when we get all the numbers, I think its going to be about 43%, but that's overwhelming and I was pleased with the state's turnout. so I think the citizens spoke and we have to listen," said Russell.
Russell says he knew the turnout would be big because there were almost twice as many absentee ballots this time compared to August.
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