Thursday, November 16, 2006
judge race goes to runoff
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County voters will go back to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 21, to vote in a runoff election between Shirley Byers and Robert W. Elliott for the Third District, Place 2, Circuit Judge position.
District-wide, Elliott led the ticket in the November 7 general election and Byers finished second. Official district-wide totals were not yet available from the Secretary of State’s office.
In Marshall County, Byers took 54.24 percent of the votes (4,116), Kent Smith 29.63 percent (2,249 votes) and Elliott 16.10 percent (1,222), according to official election results provided by circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter.
In Benton County, Byers led with 838 votes, while Elliott received 636 and Smith 616, according to circuit clerk Martha Mitchell.
In the Marshall County School Board District 3 race between Felicia Anderson-Harvell and Janice Wagg, Harvell was the winner taking 696 votes to Wagg’s 281.
Six precincts participated in the school board election: 3 Cayce, 4 Victoria, 4 Warsaw, 1 Red Banks, 2 North Holly Springs and 3 Byhalia, with Harvell taking all six precincts. Harvell received 163 votes and Wagg 28 at the 3 Cayce precinct; at 4 Victoria, Harvell took 187 votes to Wagg’s 38 votes; at 4 Warsaw, Harvell received 64 votes and Wagg five votes; at 1 Red Banks, Harvell received 29 votes and Wagg took 23; at 3 Byhalia, Harvell received 242 votes and Wagg took 185; and Harvell received 11 votes and Wagg took two votes at 2 North Holly Springs.
Precinct results from the Nov. 7 general election in the circuit court judge race show the following:
Official election results show 7,869 out of 18,760 registered voters in Marshall County (41.94 percent) participated in the Nov. 7 general election.
Voter turnout was about 10 percent higher than in previous mid-term elections, Carpenter said.
About 350 voters cast absentee ballots, another indication voter interest was high in this election, she said.
Absentee ballots will be available sometime this week for the Nov. 21 runoff election.
Voters who are disabled, students or who expect to be temporarily out of town and who requested an absentee ballot in the mail for the Nov. 7 election, will automatically be mailed absentee ballots, Carpenter said. Others who wish to vote absentee should call the circuit clerk’s office at 662-252-3434 to determine when absentee ballots will be available.
Carpenter said the circuit clerk’s office will be open Saturday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. until noon for absentee voting.
Mailed out ballots must be returned and in the circuit clerk’s mail box no later than Monday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. in order to be included in the vote count, Carpenter said.
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