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NEWS December 4, 2016


Write-in votes really do count
Jennings County's write-in votes were barely noticeable in last week's election, but they still were counted.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Election '16: Absentee voting drops to 23%
Monday, November 14, 2016

Election digest
Voter turnout was 59.9 percent in Jennings County, with 11,419 of 19,066 registered voters casting ballots. That compares with a 58.8 percent turnout in 2012 and 55.2 percent in 2008, the previous two presidential election years.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Landslide: GOP dominates
By any measure, it was a landslide of epic proportions made even more impressive by heavy voter turnout.

Republicans completely and utterly dominated in Jennings County in Tuesday's election, winning every single race - and by hefty and unprecedented margins. Among the seven contested countywide races, the margin was as high as a jaw-dropping 44 percent.

"I was very confident all along in all of our candidates," said Jennings GOP chair Dave Turner after the sweep. "I saw the effort and work they put in. They are a great group of people."

While many believe the county's and state's Republicans were boosted by the coattails of President-elect Donald Trump, who carried Jennings by an astounding 52 percentage points and Indiana by 19 points, Turner had a twist on that analysis.

"I'm not so sure that the local and state candidates helped Trump more than he helped them," he opined. "The Republicans had an amazingly strong field of candidates."

Nearly 60 percent of Jennings County's registered voters cast ballots, a full percentage point above the turnout in 2012.

County commissioners

GOP incumbents easily took both county commissioner contests.

In the District 1 race, Bob Willhite staved off a two-fronted challenge from Whitey Richardson, the Democrat, and Bill Wright, an independent on the ballot.

"The voters know me for who I am," Willhite said. "They know what I've done in the past and they know I've always kept my word."

Willhite is recovering from a heart attack he suffered last weekend. He received a stent Sunday after doctors determined 95 percent of a coronary artery was blocked and is now at his Marion Township home.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lucas, Taggart elected to school board
Two new members will join the Jennings County School Board in January following Tuesday's election.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


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