Hamilton Co. election officials certify 2016 vote

Hamilton County election officials certify the results of the 2016 election. (Image: WTVC)

Officials with the Hamilton County Election Commission officially certified the results of the 2016 election on Monday.

Officials tell NewsChannel 9 Hamilton County saw a record year of voting, in terms of percentage of turnout.

Of the 197,224 registered voters in Hamilton County, 145,049 cast ballots this year, resulting in voter turnout of about 73.55%. That's about 10% higher than it was in 2012 and 2% higher than it was in 2008.

There were also more early voters this year than those who voted on Election Day.

The Hamilton County Election Commission also says expenses for this election were 20% higher, compared to 2014.

"That’s primarily associated with increased costs for poll workers - we added a new position for poll workers-and the cost of printing ballots for a record turnout," said Kerry Steelman, Administrator of Elections.

The total cost of the election was around $300,000 but approximately $66,000 will be billed to the municipalities.

Steelman says the city election in March will not require nearly as many resources as the November election.

"The city accounts for approximately 50% of Hamilton County so the election will be scaled down significantly," said Steelman.

You can see full election results for Hamilton County here.

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