Thursday, April 17, 2008
Special election Tuesday
By BARRY BURLESON
A special election to fill the U.S. House of Representatives 1st Congressional District position for the remainder of the year will be held next Tuesday, April 22.
The seat has been open since Roger Wicker’s appointment to the Senate in December of last year.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Six names will appear on the special election ballot, but only four will count. The active candidates are the two winners in the April 1 primary election runoffs – Travis W. Childers and Greg Davis – along with Wally Pang and John M. Wages Jr.
Steve Holland and Glenn L. McCullough Jr., whose names will be on the special election ballot, have said they do not want the temporary job (serving until next January) since they lost their party’s nominations in the April 1 vote. They sought to have their names removed from the ballot, but an opinion issued Friday by the state attorney general said they will still be listed. The AG’s office said because the ballots already had been printed, their names had to remain.
To help voters, polling places will have signs saying that Holland and McCullough have withdrawn from the race and don’t intend to serve, even if elected.
The special election April 22 will be nonpartisan. All candidates will be on the same ballot and candidates’ parties will not be listed.
Absentee voting for the April 22 special election is available in the Marshall County circuit clerk’s office during regular hours – Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will also be open this Saturday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for absentee voting.
Childers and Davis will meet in the November 4 general election, with the winner filling the U.S. House of Representatives seat formerly held by Wicker. It will be a two-year term, starting in 2009.
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