Liberty Hill follows state voting trends to elect Republicans with 35% turnout

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During heavy voting periods Tuesday, Liberty Hill residents waited in slow-moving lines at Liberty Hill High School to cast their ballots. Voters re-elected Republican incumbents for county and legislative offices. (Kathy Canady Photo)

During heavy voting periods Tuesday, Liberty Hill residents waited in slow-moving lines at Liberty Hill High School to cast their ballots. Voters re-elected Republican incumbents for county and legislative offices. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO

The lines started early Tuesday morning as voters waited to cast their ballots in the midterm elections.

At Liberty Hill High School, the line weaved out the door and down the long sidewalk throughout the day. That steady flow of voters was the norm across the county. It continued into the evening. Polling locations stayed busy until 7 p.m., with anyone in line before that cut-off still able to cast a ballot.

According to Williamson County voting records, 2,407 the 6,885 registered voters in precincts 206 and 207 — which include Liberty Hill — cast a ballot, a 34.9 percent voter turnout rate.

Overall, Williamson County had a 38.26 percent voter turnout, down from the 42.80 percent during the 2010 midterm elections. Liberty Hill had a higher voter turnout rate — 48.57 percent — than the county in that 2010 election.

While most people voted Tuesday, Liberty Hill had a strong contingency of early voters, with 1,085 early ballots cast between Oct. 20 and 31, records show.

No matter when the votes were cast, Republican incumbents held their positions in Williamson County, with help from Liberty Hill voters.

Republican Edna Staudt garnered 15,765 votes to oust challenger Dan Michael (5,488 votes) for Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 2.

Staudt had staunch support from Liberty Hill. She received 722 of the 856 votes in precinct 206. In precinct 207 it was even more overwhelming, as Staudt grabbed 1,168 of the 1,363 votes.

Cynthia Long saw similar results in the County Commissioner, Precinct No. 2 Race against Democratic challenger Eddie B. Hurst, Jr.

Long received 59.60 percent of the 24,281 votes across the precinct, which includes Liberty Hill, Leander and Cedar Park. In Liberty Hill, Long grabbed 72.39 percent of the vote in precinct 206, while she also received 75.44 percent of the vote in 207.

Meta Lyons-Bates, a libertarian, was on the ballot and received 5.37 percent of the votes, even though she told The Independent before the election she had withdrawn from the race after the deadline to remove her name from the ballot.

Overall, Republican candidates received an overwhelming majority in both Liberty Hill precincts. The two precincts combined saw 1,248 straight Republican Party votes.

Liberty Hill didn’t deviate much from the state voting. Republican Greg Abbott won 74.92 percent of the vote in Liberty Hill, reflecting his gubernatorial victory statewide against Democrat Wendy Davis.

Liberty Hill also voted heavily for incumbent John Carter for U.S. Representative from District 31; Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton, who were elected Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General, respectively.

State Rep. Marsha Farney and State Sen. Charles Schwertner, both incumbent Republicans from Georgetown, also recieved heavy support from Liberty Hill voters.

Liberty Hill also voted largely in support of Proposition No. 1, which authorized a constitutional amendment legislators brought forward last year.

The amendment’s plan is to authorize the disbursements from the state’s oil and gas production tax to the State Highway Fund. The proposition passed across the state with nearly 80 percent approval.

In Liberty Hill, 1,596 voted for the proposition while 718 voted against it.

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