County voter turnout set at 75 percent

Three out of every four registered voters in Big Horn County went to the polls in last week’s general election, putting it slightly ahead of the turnout in 2014 and on par with the turnout from 2010, which were the last two nonpresidential general elections.

Figures released by the county clerk’s office on Tuesday show that 4,358 ballots were cast in the district’s 13 precincts.  The total number of registered voters in the county was 5,787, which doesn’t include new voters who registered on the day of the election.

In 2014, there were 5,903 registered voters and 4,221 votes cast, for a 71-percent turnout.

In 2010, there were 5,895 registered voters and 4,449 votes cast, for a 75-percent turnout.

Shell, which ran a special election for a water improvement district, was credited with having the highest voter turnout in the county, at 82 percent. The clerk’s office reports that 236 votes came out of the precinct, which began the day with 289 registered voters.

Greybull and Emblem were next in line at 79 percent.  In Greybull, which had 1,163 registered voters, 915 votes were cast.  In Emblem, which had 72 registered voters, 57 votes were cast.

Deaver and Manderson had the lowest voter turnouts in the county, each coming in at 66 percent. In Deaver, 75 votes were cast, from a voter pool of 113.  In Manderson, 119 votes were cast, from a voter pool of 176.

Big Horn County continues to be a stronghold for the GOP.  Eighty-four percent (4,872) of the county’s registered voters (5,787) are registered Republicans.  Eight percent (457) are registered Democrats.  Seven percent (405) are unaffiliated voters.