(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - How was voter turnout on Election Day? Pretty good in Dearborn, Hamilton, and Boone counties.
The highest turnout in the Eagle 99.3 listening area occurred in Hamilton County. With Ohio being a key swing state in the presidential election, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made frequent campaign stops in the county to rally support.
It showed. Hamilton County’s turnout reached 72 percent.
Dearborn County had the highest turnout in our southeast Indiana listening area at 60.5 percent of registered voters. Franklin County was 57.7 percent. Ripley County voters cast ballots at a 53.2 percent clip.
In northern Kentucky, the highest voter turnout was 63.6 percent in Campbell County. Boone County turnout was 60.4 percent, followed by Kenton County at 59.1 percent.
An estimated 126 million Americans voted in the election, for an overall turnout rate of about 57.5 percent.
Straight party tickets played a major role in local elections in southeast Indiana. Of 22,660 ballots submitted in the general election in Dearborn County, 7,809 were marked straight party, or more than a third. 5,333 of the ballots were straight Republican, 2,286 Democrat, and 190 Libertarian.
In Ripley County, 3,074 of 11,140 ballots were straight party. The breakdown again favored Republicans with 1,999. Democrats scored 980 and Libertarians 95 straight party ballots.
Out of 10,722 ballots, Franklin County voters cast 2,360 for a straight party – 1,515 were Republican, 723 Democrat, and 122 Libertarian.