Alcorn County’s general election results, including what is believed to be a record voter turnout, officially went on the books with certification Thursday morning.

The total voter turnout for the day was 15,898, up about 1,000 from four years ago. The number includes 178 affidavit ballots added to the vote count upon review after election day.

While likely setting a new high bar, turnout did fall a bit short of some of the predictions that were floated by those who oversee the local elections.

“I don’t feel many people didn’t vote because of COVID,” said Circuit Clerk Crystal Starling, “but I figure there are some, and I think had that not been a factor, we would have probably been closer to the 17,000 mark. But I’m still very impressed with the turnout.”

Presidential election years get the largest turnouts, and they have hovered around 15,000 for the last several cycles. The certified turnout four years ago was 14,880 and in 2012 was 14,966.

Despite the scale of the turnout and the gravity of the ballot, it was “probably one of the best elections in my 19 years here as far as no issues anywhere in the county with any equipment,” said Starling. “The voters were amazing. They were very patient with the lines.”

Next year will offer a reprieve after one of the most hectic of election years. It is the off year in which there are no regularly scheduled county, state or federal offices up for election. Most municipalities in the state will have elections for city leaders; Corinth is one of the exceptions.

Certified Alcorn County results from the Nov. 3 election:

• President: Donald Trump – 12,818; Joe Biden – 2,782; Jo Jorgensen – 118; Kanye West – 32; Phil Collins – 12; Don Blankenship – 11; Howie Hawkins – 9; Brian Carroll – 7; Brock Pierce – 4

• U.S. Senate: Cindy Hyde-Smith – 11,616; Mike Espy – 3,641; Jimmy Edwards – 378

• U.S. House of Representatives: Trent Kelly – 12,780; Antonia Eliason – 2,441

• Supreme Court: Josiah Dennis Coleman – 8,670; Percy Lynchard – 3,970

• Ballot Measure 1 (medical marijuana): For approval of either – 7,626; Against both – 6,541; For Initiative Measure No. 65 – 7,320; For Alternative Measure No. 65A – 3,934

• Ballot Measure 2 (remove requirement to receive the most votes in a majority of the Mississippi House of Representatives districts to be elected to statewide office): Yes – 10,659; No – 4,069

• Ballot measure 3 (flag referendum): Yes – 8,806; No – 6,694

Five of the 17 precincts had a majority voting “no” on the new state flag – Bethel, Glen, Jacinto, Kossuth and Union Center.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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