Thursday, June 15, 2006
Races go to June 27 runoff
A runoff election between the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senator and Congressman comes in two weeks, June 27.
Erik Fleming of Clinton, who led the ticket district-wide in the Primary Election Tuesday, June 6, faces Bill Bowlin of Hickory Flat in the U.S. Senate race.
Bowlin led in Marshall County. He took 45.19 percent of the vote in the primary to Fleming’s 26.69 percent.
The winner will face incumbent Republican candidate Trent Lott in the general election on November 7.
In the race for the right to face U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker in November, James K. Hurt of Verona was the top vote-getter district-wide in the primary June 6, ahead of his runoff opponent William Bambach of Columbus.
Hurt took 36.24 percent of the vote in Marshall County, while Bombach carried 22.49 percent.
Election turnout June 6 was low, according to Lucy Carpenter, circuit clerk. But the employment of new touch-screen voting machines went well, she said.
“I think it was a very good opportunity to test our new machines,” she said. “The only problem we had was probably some poll workers were nervous over the new procedures for opening and closing the voting machines. But there was no problem in opening and closing the machines that we could not talk through over the phone.
“I want to encourage people to go and vote June 27, if for no other reason other than to go try out these machines before we have the general election Nov. 7.”
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27.
No affidavit votes had to be counted, she said. Only one affidavit ballot was cast June 6 and the individual was not a registered voter in the county, she said.
Turnout figures in the official final results of the June 6 Democratic Primary totals show there were 711 ballots cast, only 3.63 percent of the 19,575 registered voters in Marshall County.
The Democratic Executive Committee Chairman is George E. Powell. Secretary is Ada R. Van Landingham. Contact these individuals or other members of the executive committee to learn more about the Marshall County Democratic Party process.
To become involved in either the Marshall County Democratic or Republican Party, call the circuit clerk’s office at 252-3434 to get contact information.
Mississippi does not register by party so voters declare party by voting, Carpenter said.
“They can change party at any election,” she said.
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