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Emmet County has 67 percent voter turnout

By Staff | Nov 6, 2008

With 7,608 registered voters in the county, 5,066 people cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, for a turnout of 67 percent.

The largest segment of voters in the county is those with no party affiliation, or 3,136. Next comes Democrats with 2,807 and Republicans with 1,664.

Matching the 67 percent turnout set four years ago with the 2004 presidential election, the turnout showed a tremendous interest in the election that handed control of the nation’s government over to the Democratic party which in January will control not only the House and Senate but also the presidency.

In his acceptance speech, Obama hauntingly reflected President John F. Kennedy’s remarks in his inaugural address.

”We may not get there in one year or even in one term,” Obama said. ”But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there.”

Kennedy’s remarks during his January 1961 inaugural address included the following:

“All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days; nor in the life of this Administration; nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”

Nationwide, there was a 64.1 percent turnout rate, the highest since 65.7 percent in 1908.