Tie In Watkinsville
Oconee County voters will be back at the polls on Dec. 6 to decide the outcome of the special election to fill Post 2 on the Board of Commissioners, as none of the three candidates got more than 50 percent of the vote.
With all but about 900 absentee ballots counted, Chuck Horton had 45.1 percent of the vote, Marcus Wiedower had 30.5 percent, and Ben Bridges had 23.7 percent.
In the Watkinsville City Council race for Post 4, Christine Tucker had 50.8 percent, to 17.3 percent for Rosevelyn Garrison and 31.2 percent for Janice Richardson
Dan Matthews and Mark Melvin had 547 votes each in the Post 5 race, or 49.8 percent. The absentee ballots likely will decide that race.
County voters approved Sunday sales of alcohol by the drink and Sunday package sales of beer and wine, with 68.5 percent and 68.3 percent yes votes respectively.
The Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax issue on the ballot got a yes vote from 70.2 percent of the voters.
National And State Races
Donald Trump received 66.3 percent of the vote in Oconee County, to Hillary Clinton’s 27.0 percent and Gary Johnson’s 4.6 percent.
In the Senate race, incumbent Republican Johnny Isakson got 73.2 percent of the vote in Oconee County. Democrat Jim Barkesdale received 22.2 percent, and Libertarian Allen Buckley got 4.5 percent.
Oconee County voter went strongly against Constitutional Amendment 1, which would give the state the authority to take over failing schools.
The preliminary figures without the absentee ballots were 70.8 percent opposed.
Oconee County voters approved Amendment 2 creating a fund to provide services for child victims of sexual abuse, with 80.7 percent casting a yes vote.
Voters in the county also approved Amendment 3 (54.1 percent), which would replace the independent judicial qualification commission with one appointed by the governor and top legislative leaders, and Amendment 4 (80.0 percent), would dedicate revenues from existing taxes on fireworks to trauma care, fire services and public safety.
Turnout was 81.2 percent of active voters.