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Strong turnout reported by Hamilton County voters

Nearly 72 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s general election

November 7, 2012
Anne Blankenship ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Nearly 72 percent of the registered voters in Hamilton County cast their ballots in Tuesday's general election.

A total of 7,967 ballots were cast at the county's eight polling sites and 3,312 were absentee ballots, according to County Auditor Kim Schaa. Hamilton County has a total of 11,086 registered voters.

Mitt Romney won the Hamilton County vote with 3,986 votes or 50.36 percent, while Barack Obama earned 3,776 votes or 47.71 percent of the vote. Obama went on to win the race in Iowa and ultimately was re-elected. A handful of third party presidential candidates claimed another 110 votes and there were 43 write-in votes, according to election results.

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Poll worker Marie Karbula helps a voter enter his ballot in the ballot box at the First Baptist Church polling site.

On the local level, Doug Bailey, Hamilton County Supervisor for District 1, ran unopposed for re-election. He received 1,620 votes for 98 .42 percent, with 26 write-in votes received.

Wes Sweedler, District 2 Supervisor, received 2,167 votes (98.77 percent) and 27 write-in votes were received.

Hamilton County Auditor Kim Schaa, also running unopposed, received 6,476 votes or 99.49 percent, and there was also a scattering of write-in votes.

Two names were on the ballot for county sheriff. Incumbent Denny Hagenson received 5,722 votes or 82.51 percent of the vote. Paul Whitmore withdrew from the race after the deadline for removal from the ballot. However, he received 1,193 votes or 17.20 percent.

Hospital board

Incumbent Carroll Ose, Blairburg, and challenger Myra Maxon, Webster City, were elected to the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees. Ose received 4,272 and Maxon earned 3,751 votes. Incumbent candidate George Heller received 2,606 votes.

Hotel/Motel tax

The hotel/motel tax renewal in the unincorportated portion of the county was approved with 66.78 percent of the ballots voting in favor of the measure. A total of 1,421 votes in favor and 707 voting against renewing the tax. Just six of the eight precincts voted for this measure. The five percent tax is just applicable for the two motels near Williams and for the Briggs Woods Park sleeping cabins.



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