CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - In raw numbers, it was the biggest turnout in the history of Franklin County, but Tuesday's election fell short of setting any records in terms of the percentage of registered voters going to the polls.
According to complete, but unofficial results, 57,785 people cast ballots Tuesday, well above the 49,291 who voted in the 2000 presidential election. That was 70.42 percent of the 82,054 registered voters in the county, compared to a 68 percent turnout four years ago.
Turnout, however, was well below the 85 percent vote in the 1992 presidential election, according to county election board statistics.
Democrat John Kerry won in Pennsylvania, but Franklin County voted overwhelmingly for Bush, giving him 70.5 percent of the vote with a 40,764-16,127 margin over Kerry. Minor party and write-in votes accounted for less than 1 percent of the presidential votes.