PINEDALE – Republican candidate and Pinedale resident Jim Latta secured his seat on the Sublette County Board of Commissioners after he received 2,438 votes during Tuesday’s General Election.
Sublette County has 4,459 registered voters, and, in an incredible display of democracy, 4,412 men and women took the time to vote, resulting in a whopping 98.95 percent voter turnout. Compared to the August Primary Election, which saw 2,297 out of the then 4,111 registered voters, or 55.87 percent, cast a ballot, Tuesday’s election was a clear victory for county residents who wanted to make their voices heard.
The dominant voice called for Latta, who received 55.26 percent of votes.
“I would say thank you to the voters and the candidates and commend all of them in a record effort to participate in our democratic system of representative government,” the newly elected commissioner said. “I am humbled by the support and am excited about serving the people of Sublette County.”
After Latta, write-in candidates made up 27.56 percent of votes cast for commissioner, with 1,216 voters choosing to etch in the name of a candidate not officially on the ballot. A breakdown of names written onto ballots was not available until after canvassing, which took place Thursday, after the Roundup’s deadline.
Democrat, Daniel resident and longtime candidate Courtney Skinner received 598 votes, or 13.55 percent.
Ten ballots were disqualified due to voters filling in too many ovals, and 150 people chose not to vote for any candidate, write-in or otherwise. Those totals accounted for 0.23 and 3.40 percent, respectively.
“I am amazed, and I love it,” Sublette County Clerk Mary Lankford said about the large number of voters who submitted ballots. “It’s great. I am so pleased we had such a great turnout.”
Latta will be sworn into office on Jan. 7, 2013 and will preside over his first meeting on Jan. 8 at 9 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room in Pinedale.