IN WOLFEBORO voter turnout reached a stunning 89 percent, up from 77 percent in 2008, according to Town Clerk Pat Waterman. Here ballot clerk Stan Stevens helps a voter while Waterman looks on and Selectmen Linda Murray (left) and Sarah Silk stand prepared to hand out ballots Tuesday afternoon. (Thomas Beeler photo) (click for larger version)
November 08, 2012REGION — Voter turnout was high in all area towns last Tuesday, Nov. 6, during the national, state and county elections. At press time the overall record was set in Wolfeboro, where 89 percent of registered voters showed up at the polls or voted by absentee ballot.
Problems with Voter ID and possible protests at the polls did not occur in local polling places. Selectmen Chuck Storm reported that only 20 affidavits had been filed in Wolfeboro by 1 p.m.
By Tuesday evening as the votes were counted in the presidential race it seemed like 2008 all over again.
Even as President Barack Obama won both New Hampshire and the national popular and Electoral College votes, it appears he carried only nine of the 19 towns in the county.
Obama beat Romney in Albany, Bartlett, Conway, Eaton, Harts Location, Jackson, Madison, Sandwich and Tamworth, while statewide he won (according to results available at this writing) by 33,769 votes, 327,481 to 263,543. Romney beat Obama by comfortable margins in Brookfield, 251-171, Tuftonboro, 984-671, Wakefield, 1,448-1,083 and Wolfeboro, 2,400 -1854.
Romney won by similar margins in other Carroll County towns. The same overall pattern occurred in 2008 when John McCain won Carroll County but lost New Hampshire to Obama by a margin of 55 to 44 percent. Romney came closer statewide this time, losing 52 to 47 percent.
In the governor's race, Ovide Lamontagne also won in our readership area while losing to Maggie Hassan statewide, though he won by narrower margins than Romney. The vote was 232-184 in Brookfield, 870-724 in Tuftonboro, 1,278-1203 in Wakefield and 2152-1953 in Wolfeboro.
In the return matchup for First District U.S. Representative between Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter, Shea-Porter was the winner by 8,160 votes, 142,778-134,618. (It is notable that Libertarian candidate Brendan Kelly drew 12,353 votes.)
Local results reflected the close result, with Guinta winning in Brookfield, 234-176, Tuftonboro, 894-657, and Wolfeboro, 2,211-1,824 but losing in Wakefield, 1,341-2,089.
Of the three constitutional amendments, Question 1, prohibiting a future tax on income, passed 303,644 to 228,609, while Question 3, calling for a Constitutional Convention, failed 327,752 to 183,649, according to WMUR. Question 2, allowing the legislature to set court administrative rules, remained unsettled at press time, with the vote showing 263,552 in favor and 252,809 against.