With 100 percent of the precincts reporting and absentee ballots still trickling in, Kent County’s election results so far point to an ideological divide between the liberal/progressive leaning Chestertown, and the rest of the county, which leans towards a conservative/traditional agenda.
The thin margins of difference mirror the red and blue divide that played out nationally over the last year.
Almost 56 percent of voters in Chestertown supported Question 6, which guarantees same sex couples the right to marry, while 56 percent of voters in Rock Hall voted against Question 6, in attempt to keep the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
As of today, Nov. 15, the county as a whole is leaning against Question 6 by a mere 177 votes, or 1.9 percent of the 9,459 votes cast on the measure.
Marriage equality is now law based on the statewide tallies.
Votes on the Dream Act, which gave instate tuition privileges to children of undocumented immigrants, was supported by Chestertown’s three precincts—from 50 to 62 percent, while all other precincts in the county rejected the measure in the ranges from 55 to 58 percent.
As of Nov. 14, GOP nominee Mitt Romney was leading Obama by a mere 25 votes of the 9,625 votes cast. But Chestertown’s three precincts show 922 votes for Obama and 680 for Romney, a near 58 percent margin in favor of President Obama.
According to an election official at the Kent Board Election, tomorrow will be the last day to receive absentee ballots, and the final election results for the county must be certified by the end of business day.
The official said that 85 absentee ballots arrived on Nov. 15 and are not yet posted in the final tallies.
We are a divided county and a divided country, and the current climate is not on a trajectory towards reconciliation and bipartisanship–based on the results of more than a decade of elections.
Commissioner William Pickrum made note on election night that the lack of compromise and bipartisanship on the national level has been a great disservice to all Americans.
“When the election is over, you still have to govern,” he said.