Voter interest reflected in residents' unnecessary trip

Friday, April 20, 2007

Senior Staff Writer

Interest in Lewisburg's city council election extends beyond the borders of the two wards where votes will be counted for the May 1 race, according to remarks at the Marshall County election office this week.

At least one voter who is a resident of the city's Second Ward and the county's Fifth District showed up on Wednesday, asking to vote in the Ward 5 race, and Elections Administrator Jo Ann Henry says, "We've had people to come in who don't live in the city."

Henry explained, "City election polling places are different from the county election polling places," and voters with questions about whether they can participate in the city's May 1 election may call her at 359-4894.

Meanwhile, early voting is available tomorrow at the election office in the Hardison Office Annex at 230 College St. Saturday voting hours are 8 a.m.-noon.

In Ward 1, Quinn Brandon is challenging Councilman Willie J. Mitchell.

The Ward 5 race has six candidates who want to succeed Councilman Roy Wayne Bailey who died this year. The candidates are Robert "Pepper" Biggers, Joe Bradford, Beth Leftwich, Robin Minor, Roy Rowe and Roy White.

There are 960 people registered to vote in Ward 1, Henry said. Ward 5 has 1,072 registered voters. The previous election day for those wards was in April 2003 when 85 people cast ballots.

In those elections, Councilman Mitchell was unopposed and Councilman Bailey was re-elected over one challenger.

"When the mayor is running, all five wards are open," Henry said. "And three other council members' are running in their wards, Nos. 2, 3, and 4, so in 2005, voter turnout was much greater.

Voter turnout in April 2005 was 1,464 out of 6,010 registered voters. The number of people registered to vote in 2003 was not immediately available.