Voters hit the polls on Tuesday, June 5 to cast their votes in the Primary Election. On Tuesday, June 12, the Dallas County Board of Supervisors canvassed those votes and made the results official.
Dallas County Auditor Julia Helm said that there were 7,243 voters in Dallas County on Election Day, which represents 12.32 percent of all registered voters in the County. This was up from 10.90 percent of all registered voters in the last Gubernatorial Primary Election in 2014.
Sixty-seven percent of the voters in Dallas County were Democrats in the Primary, while 31.53 percent were Republicans and 0.68 percent were Libertarians. Helm said that she thinks that the number of choices on the Democratic side resulted in the high turnout for the Democrats.
“When you have five or six candidates running for governor, it’s lot more exciting and they spend more money and they try to get their voters out rather than the Republicans’ Secretery of Agriculture contest, which didn’t excite too many Republicans,” said Supervisor Mark Hanson. “You’ve got to look at the top of the ticket and what the people spending the money, trying to get the voters to go out in the Primary.”
Helm mentioned the recent changes to Secretery of State Paul Pate’s Voter ID law, which will require voters to show a valid ID when casting their balots in the future. Additionally, they were required to provide additional security and encrypt the electronic poll books.
“It went pretty smoothly, I would say, overall,” Helm said.
Additionally, they were required to provide additional security and encrypt the electronic poll books. Helm said that 150 laptops were encrypted and pollworkers needed to have two passwords to access the electronic poll books.
“That was new and that, to me, is going to be a continual trend,” Helm said. “More and more security on that.”
Helm said that the poll books are never connected to the internet.
This year, the election officials used modems to remotely send in results. Helm said that the first results came in at 9:05 p.m., just five minutes after the polls closed, and had all but one precinct by 9:40 p.m.
“We had one problem in Perry and they had to drive (the results) down,” Helm said.