Thursday, October 30, 2008
Election arrives Tuesday
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall County voters, like those across the country, will be going to the polls next week.
Election Day is next Tuesday, Nov. 4. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The first vote on the ballot will be for president and vice president of the United States. There are seven choices – headlined by John McCain and Sarah Palin representing the Republican Party and Barack Obama and Joe Biden representing the Democratic Party.
Candidates for United States Senate are Thad Cochran (Republican Party) and Erik R. Fleming (Democratic Party).
A special election for U.S. Senate between Ronnie Musgrove and Roger Wicker is also on the ballot and one of the most hotly-contested races.
Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives are Travis W. Childers (Democratic Party), Greg Davis (Republican Party), Wally Pang (Independent) and John M. Wages Jr. (Green Party).
There are two judicial elections on the ballot.
Running for Supreme Court Justice, District 3 (Northern) Position 1, are Gene Barton and Ann Hannaford Lamar.
Running for Supreme Court Justice, District 3 (Northern) Position 2, are David Chandler and Charles “Chuck” Easley.
There will also be some local choices on the Tuesday, Nov. 4 ballot. Those will include Marshall County School Board, District 5, and all five county election commissioners.
Candidates for the school board seat are Terry L. Cook and Terry Culver. Incumbent Barbara Pipkin is not seeking re-election.
Candidates for election commissioner in districts 1, 2, 4 and 5 are unopposed. Those are Del Stover, District 1; Marie Devore Palmer, District 2; John L. Taylor, District 4; and Betty Whaley, District 5. Palmer, Taylor and Whaley are all incumbents. Stover will be replacing his wife, Jewel Stover, who chose not to run for re-election.
Candidates for election commissioner, District 3, are incumbent Virginia Armour and challenger Chris Podewils.
Absentee Voting Available
Absentee voting continues to be available in the circuit clerk’s office at the Marshall County Courthouse. Regular weekday office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last day to vote absentee in person is this Saturday, Nov. 1, when the office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.
Absentee ballots being returned by mail must be received in the clerk’s office by Monday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m.
Anyone with election questions can contact the circuit clerk’s office at 662-252-3434.
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