Reactions to Obama's win
Voting is quick and easy in Naples
MARCO ISLAND — If Islanders ran the country, it would likely be quite different. U.S. voters chose Barack Obama as President-elect Tuesday, but if it were up to much of the Island community, Senator John McCain would have given the acceptance speech.
Nearly 72 percent of Marco Islanders voted for McCain compared to 60 percent of all voters in Collier County, according to precinct figures released by the Collier County Supervisor of Elections 10:19 p.m. Tuesday. Absentee ballots are still in the process of being tallied and provisional ballots will be reviewed by the elections office Thursday evening.
McCain also would have won in Goodland and Isles of Capri. As of Tuesday evening's figures, 66 percent of Isles of Capri voters chose McCain over Obama and 55 percent of Goodland residents chose McCain.
While there were lines at times at the Marco Island Branch Library during early voting, there were few if any lines at island polling sites once the doors were open on Tuesday. That is because only 24 percent of Marco Island residents who voted in this election cast their ballots on election day. About 50 percent voted early at the library while the remaining 26 percent mailed in their absentee ballots. Collier County on average also voted early with about 62 percent of the approximate 203,000 registered County voters having either mailed in their ballots or cast their votes by Nov. 1 at the end of early voting.
There are about 13,100 registered voters on Marco Island and about 81 percent of them voted in this election. Collier County voter turnout overall in the 2008 general election is estimated to be about 68 percent, dropping from 74 percent in the 2004 election.
There are about 1,400 voters in Isles of Capri and 68 percent of them voted. There are 326 registered voters in Goodland and their turnout was 60 percent.
Other election results as of counts made 2 a.m. Wednesday were:
-Connie Mack (R) Congress District 14 with 59 percent of the vote
-Mario Diaz Balart (R) Congress District 25 with 53 percent of the vote
-Trudi Williams (R) to State Representative District 75
-Public Defender Kathy Smith in 20th Judicial Circuit Court winning unopposed
-Tax Collector Larry Ray with 76 percent of Collier County's vote
-Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Wells will be retained with 73 percent of the vote
-Elected to the Second District Court of Appeals were Chris Altenbernd (72 percent), Carolyn Fulmer (73 percent), Morris Silberman (71 percent) and James Whatley (72 percent).
-Gulf Coast High School teacher Julie Sprague to Collier County School Board with 56 percent of the vote defeating Joe Paterno
-Linda Hartman to Mosquito Control Seat 4 with 68 percent of the vote over Steve Spencer with 32 percent of the vote
-Robert Huges to East Naples Fire Seat 5 with 44 percent of the vote over Holly Marie Gursoy with 29 percent and Karen Miller with 27 percent.
-Voters supported the Collier County school referendum allowing the school to transfer a portion of property tax income from capital budgets to operational budgets with a 79 percent vote.
-State Rep. 75 Trudi Williams (R)
-State Rep. 77 Denise Grimsley (R)
-State Rep. 101 Matt Hudson (R)
Collier County voted similarly with the rest of the state on amendments to the state Constitution as follows:
-Amendment 1 the Declaration of Rights failed to attain 60 percent approval and did not pass.
Amendment 2 the Florida Protection Amendment passed with 62 percent approval
-Amendment 3 Changes and improvements not affecting the assessed value of residential real property may be too close to call and a recount will be decided Saturday. This amendment is to allow hurricane protection and energy efficient property improvements to not add to taxable value. 60.4 percent of voters approved the amendment according to preliminary reports.
-Amendment 4 Property tax exemption on perpetually conserved land was approved by 68 percent of the voters.
-Amendment 6 Assessment of working waterfront property based on current use passed with 71 percent approval.
-Amendment 8 Failed to pass with only 57 percent approval of the local option for sales tax to contribute to a community college fund.
Check back to marconews.com for Marco voters' reactions.