Thursday, July 6, 2006
Hurt, Fleming take vote in county, district
By SUE WATSON
With just 2.63 percent of registered voters in Marshall County going to the polls Tuesday, June 27, James K. Hurt won 68 percent of the vote over William Bambach.
Hurt also won districtwide in the U.S. House race and earned the right to face off with Rep. Roger Wicker in November in the general election, according to Lucy Carpenter, circuit clerk.
In the Democratic race for the U.S. Senate, Erik Fleming won over contender Bill Bowlin, taking 52 percent of the vote in Marshall County and also claiming the race districtwide. Fleming goes up against U.S. Senator Trent Lott in the November election, all based on early, unofficial election results reported Thursday.
Lott and Wicker are both Republicans. Lott is seeking a fourth term while Wicker has held the House seat since 1994.
District judges will be on the ballot in the November 7 election, also.
“Turnout was low but it was a good opportunity for poll workers to become more familiar with the process,” Carpenter said. “The process is more complicated than with the old voting machines we used. I believe poll workers are more comfortable now in the rolls they have to play with the new machines.”
The county is using the new touch-screen Diebold voting machines, which most counties in Mississippi are now using.
Carpenter said between now and the November election the election commission will be demonstrating the new voting machines in various places over the county. The election commission will set up a demonstration at any group meeting or event, if invited. To set up a demonstration, call the circuit clerk’s office at 662-252-3434.
Poll workers reported that most voters liked the new voting machines, Carpenter said.
“I had several comments from voters who think they are easy to use,” she said.
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