The votes are in: no changes from Tuesday
SALISBURY — The votes for the 2017 Rowan County municipal elections are in and official. Countywide, the totals did not change from the unofficial count reported Tuesday, when provisional and absentee ballots were added to totals reported on election night.
The county Board of Elections on Friday declared the numbers final.
Nancy Evans of the Board of Elections said the vote totals did not change from Tuesday’s count.
Voter turnout was reported a mere 0.16 percent higher, up from 15.76 to 15.92. That is higher than in the 2015 municipal elections but falls short of 1983’s record high of 39 percent.
The small jump reflects 63 votes received after Election Day — 49 absentee ballots and 14 provisional ballots that were verified.
China Grove and East Spencer each had one additional vote than first reported, one absentee and one provisional ballot, respectively. Landis had two more; Kannapolis, an additional 21; and Salisbury, 38.
In Kannapolis, Dennis Johnson received twice as many additional votes than incumbent Mayor Darrell Hinnant. Johnson added 14 and Hinnant, seven.
Kannapolis City Council candidates with the most additional votes were Dianne Berry with 14, Doug Wilson with five and Chris Gordon with 10.
In Salisbury, Karen Alexander received the most additional votes, 24, followed by David Post with 19 and Al Heggins and Brian Miller with 17 each.
Traditionally, the Salisbury City Council candidate with the most votes is chosen the mayor by the new council. If tradition holds, Al Heggins will assume the title with a total of 2,169 votes.
With 38 additional votes, all 13 candidates in Salisbury added votes after Election Day, meaning percentages shifted only slightly. Alexander added the most at 0.05 percent. PJ Ricks had the biggest loss, 0.04 percent.
All told, Heggins won with 12.38 percent of the vote a 0.01 difference from the Nov. 7 tally.
Though voting numbers in Salisbury were high, they did not exceed numbers from earlier years. Susan Kluttz, for example, received 2,683 votes in the 1999 municipal elections.
No additional votes were counted in Cleveland, Faith, Granite Quarry, Rockwell or Spencer.
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