Locals’ vote for U.S. Congressional District 9 Representative Doug Collins nearly mirrored the entire District vote of 76.61 percent, with Lumpkin voters choosing Collins by 77.62 percent. Every precinct cast 70 percent or more for Collins. The only exception was Dahlonega precinct, which was close—69.40 percent voted for Collins.
The Constitutional amendment allowing the state to set up charter schools if the public wants them over the decision of the elected school boards passed in both the county and the state by nearly the same percentage of votes. In the county, nearly 60 percent of voters approved the amendment while at the state level nearly 59 percent approved.
The same holds true for the second proposed amendment, allowing multi-year contracts for some state agencies. Lumpkin voters passed the amendment by 64 percent to the state’s 63 percent.
Two local referendums in the county and one in the city dealing with Sunday sales of beer, wine and alcohol, all passed handily by over 50 percent in all precints.
Just over 63 percent of voters approved the sale of packaged beer and wine and slightly more approved sales of beer and wine by the drink in the county.
In the city, 75.01 percent of the voters approved Sunday sales of beer and wine in stores and by the drink. The referendum already passed by the city allowing the sale of alcohol by the drink included Sunday sales, when and if that was ever voted in.
While county races for three county commission seats, sheriff, tax commissioner, clerk of courts and several other positions appeared on the ballot, those races were decided in the Primary last July. Also decided at that time were the state Senate and House of Representatives races.
The county and state were close in turnout as well as who and what was voted for. About 71 percent of Lumpkin County’s 15,422 registered voters cast a ballot in 2012. In the state, 3,916,861 people voted out of 5,428,980 registered voters—just over 72 percent.
This is the lowest Lumpkin County turnout for a presidential election since 1996, when only about 60 percent of the county showed up at the polls. Democrat Bill Clinton was seeking a second term against Republican Sen. Bob Dole with Ross Perot thrown in for good measure.
The highest turnout was 76.36, in 2004. Democratic Sen. John Kerry tried to unseat President George W. Bush in that race.