2017 general election results in accord to previous years

MARQUETTE — Voter turnout in Marquette County Tuesday was lower than in typical presidential and midterm election years, but slightly higher than other general elections, according to results from the Marquette County Clerk’s Office.

The higher turnout may be attributed to the special election of Michigan’s 109th District House of Representatives seat, which Democrat Sara Cambensy won. The election was for a partial term, expiring 2018, to replace the late John Kivela, who was elected in November 2016.

Marquette County voting results posted on the county’s website reveal 32.96 percent of the 46,518 registered voters took to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots for the 2017 election.

“It was a good turnout,” Marquette County Clerk Linda Talsma said. “We ended up with decent totals.”

Talsma said prior off-year elections had voting results under 20 percent but Tuesday’s election was above par, more than likely because the election was a special one for the 109th District.

Following Kivela’s suicide after his second drunken driving arrest, the House seat has been vacant since May. Cambensy will serve the remainder of Kivela’s term, which expires at the end of 2018.

While the special election results were, according to Talsma, a good turnout, previous voting results prove more people vote in presidential elections and, in some cases, general elections, particularly when the state governor’s term is voted on.

In the 2016 presidential election, according to Marquette County’s website, 63.67 percent of registered voters cast their ballots, with 30,035 of the 33,501 voters casting a vote for the 109th District seat. Only 15,331 people voted during the election Tuesday.

In 2014, during the midterm election when Gov. Rick Snyder was re-elected, 44.98 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

When Barrack Obama was re-elected president in 2012, 65.17 percent voted.

However, results regarding general elections in 2013 and 2015, voter turnout in Marquette County didn’t exceed 12 percent.

“Whenever the (voter turnout) is below 20 percent, it makes for a long day for precinct workers,” she said. “The lines weren’t always long (on Tuesday) but everyone working was busy.”

Results from Tuesday’s election show Cambensy received 9,255 votes in Marquette County while opponents Republican Rich Rossway obtained 5,821 votes and Green Party candidate Wade Roberts got 189 votes. Eighteen people also cast write-in votes.

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is jdepew@miningjournal.net.