Election notebook: Voter turnout, write-ins, straight tickets and other data

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Write-ins

One hundred Brown County votes were for people — or animals — not officially on the ballot.

For president: Steven Allman, Jeb Bush, Darrell Castle (5), Ted Cruz (2), Tom Hoefling (2), John Kasich (4), John McCain, Gunner McGee, Evan McMullin (8), Mike Pence, Matt Pike, Matthew “None of the above” Roberts (2), Robert W. Rogers, Marco Rubio (2), Bernie Sanders (9), Jill Stein (52).

For U.S. Senate: Marla Jo Mason, Paul Ryan and “A monkey.”

For U.S. House of Representatives: Richard Lee and “A baboon.”

Absentees

More than a third of Brown County voters voted before Election Day — 3,037, for 36.9 percent of all ballots cast. The majority — 2,601 — were walk-in voters at the County Office Building.

During the primary, 20 percent — 1,206 people — voted early.

In 2012, the early/absentee ballot count was 2,147.

Straight tickets

Straight-party voting in Brown County has been on a fairly steady upward march since at least the 2008 presidential election — and it’s skewing more Republican.

2008: 18 percent of voters voted straight-ticket; 55 percent of those were Republican and 42.9 percent were Democrat ballots, and 1.9 percent were Libertarian.

2010: 26 percent of voters voted straight-ticket; 58.1 percent were Republican, 40.2 percent Democrat and 1.7 percent Libertarian ballots.

2012: 33.2 percent of voters voted straight-ticket; 56 percent were Republican, 42.6 percent Democrat and 1.4 percent Libertarian ballots.

2014: 25.5 percent of voters voted straight-ticket; 62.3 percent were Republican, 36.1 percent Democrat and 1.6 percent Libertarian ballots.

2016: 51.3 percent of voters voted straight-ticket; 67.8 percent were Republican, 31.4 percent Democrat and 1.8 percent Libertarian ballots.

Brown County vs. state, nation

The majority of Brown Countians picked the eventual winners.

62.7 percent of Brown County voters chose Donald Trump for president vs. 57 percent statewide and 47 percent nationwide.

57.7 percent of Brown County voters chose Todd Young for U.S. Senate vs. 52 percent statewide.

56.3 percent of Brown County voters chose Eric Holcomb for governor vs. 51 percent statewide.

56 percent of Brown County voters chose Trey Hollingsworth for U.S. Congress vs. 54 percent statewide.