JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – It could have been a very different election. Despite being outnumbered in Jackson County, registered democrats turned out in droves. And according to the yet-to-be-released numbers from the County Clerk’s office, it was Ashland that had a disproportionately large impact.
The city of Ashland had the highest voter turnout in the county. Taking away the SOU precinct vote – which only had a 25% turnout – Ashland had 72% of voters show up to the polls.
That’s way above the 55% county-wide average.
That turnout ended up having a big impact on the sheriff’s election, as Corey Falls commanded the field with 69% of the vote in his home town.
Meanwhile, another big trend that emerged in this election was the rural vote.
“Applegate had a fairly high turnout, Eagle Point rural, Lake Creek, which makes sense because those are farming communities,” said Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker.
Some rural areas had as high as 70% voter turnout, having a huge impact on the GMO ballot measure which passed by a landslide. Rural Ashland, for example, voted for the measure by a three-to-one ratio.
The full breakdown hasn’t yet been released, but Walker says that will be up in the next couple of days once it’s approved by the secretary of state.