Early voting starts today in GOP primary

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

From staff reports

Early voting in the Super Tuesday GOP primary starts today with results to be announced March 6 when there might be a clear indication of which Republican will face President Obama in the Nov. 6 national election.

Early voting will be conducted at the Marshall County Election Commission office at 230 College St. Suite 120, in the Hardison Office Annex, County Elections Administrator Tristan Arnold said. Early voting ends Feb. 28.

Election office hours for early voting are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on the Saturdays of Feb. 18 and 25. The election office is closed on Presidents Day, Feb. 20, a Monday.

Voter registration for March 6 closed on Feb. 6. Since then, opinion polls show another realignment of the front-runner over three other candidates for the GOP nomination to challenge President Obama in November.

Meanwhile, local candidates are getting and filing papers to run for several offices and they seem to be shaping up like this:

* Three people will apparently be running for the seat being vacated by Property Assessor Linda Haislip who's decided against running for re-election. The candidates are, so far: Billy Lanier, 1905 Hunters Run, Lewisburg; Vicki Michelle Campbell, 127 April Lane, Cornersville; and Misty Reese, 201 Terry Lane, Cornersville, although Reese had not filed the petition she picked up to run for assessor.

* Two people are apparently running for the Marshall County General Sessions and Juvenile Court bench seat now held by Judge Lee Bowles, 619 Joyce Ave., Lewisburg, who picked up a petition to run. As of press time, it had not been filed. Marshall County Attorney Bill Haywood has filed a petition to run for the sessions and juvenile court bench. Haywood, Bowles and Cecilia Spivy submitted applications to be named by the county commission to be judge since Steve Bowden resigned. Haywood withdrew. Bowles was elected over Spivy 14-3 on Oct. 6. The winner of the special March 6 election is to serve until results of the August 2014 election take effect. Spivy isn't running for judge.

* One other person has filed a petition to be a candidate in the August elections. He is former Marshall County Commission Chairman Billy Spivey who sought to unseat the incumbent state representative, Eddie Bass of Giles County, who was re-elected. Because of redistricting, Spivey won't face Bass in November. Spivey is running in a newly-drawn district that includes all of Marshall County and approximately half of Lincoln, Franklin and Marion counties.

In another development related to voters, the election commission is sending new voter registration cards to everyone who is eligible to vote in Marshall County. Some 15,000 cards were being mailed early this week.

Voter registration cards show where voters should go to cast their ballots at an election poll.

Voters should be aware that their polling place may have changed, Arnold said, again noting reapportionment based on the 2010 census. For example voters in Chapel Hill had been voting at the town's fire hall. They're now voting at the Methodist Church.

Other voters may be casting ballots at a different polling place because county district lines were changed.