Voting for sheriff, county mayor, all commissioners is to start July 16

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Voter registration for Marshall County's general election ended Tuesday.

With more than 16,000 people registered to vote, the county's election office in the Hardison Office Annex on College Street will offer early voting starting Friday, July 16.

"We have a lot of registrations" to process for election day, which includes primaries for state and federal races, according to Sarah Murphy, a part-time clerk who works during elections.

Among the more competitive races this summer are those for sheriff because there are five candidates running for the position held by Sheriff Les Helton who is retiring.

Meanwhile County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett is running for re-election, and he's being challenged by local businessman Mike Spence and County Commissioner Scottie Poarch.

Early voting at the Hardison Office Annex will continue until noon on Saturday, July 31.

That provides three Saturday mornings for early voting: July 17, 24 and 31.

The election office's regular hours on weekdays - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - is when early voting will be conducted starting 10 days from today.

Voter registration forms "are being brought in by people who received the applications through their candidates," Murphy said. "This is normal."

Elections Administrator Jo Ann Henry said her office was experiencing another happy day in Marshall County.