Thursday, November 1, 2012
Voters go to polls next Tuesday
By BARRY BURLESON
Election Day arrives next Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This year’s general election includes some local races of high interest plus a vote for president of the United States.
Only one of five seats on the Marshall County Election Commission is up for grabs. Four are unopposed. The District 3 race includes three candidates – Virginia Armour (incumbent), Clista Ash and Chris Podewils.
Unopposed are Sheri McClatchy in District 1, Marie Palmer (incumbent) in District 2, John L. Taylor (incumbent) in District 4 and Betty Whaley (incumbent) in District 5.
Del Stover, the incumbent in District 1, is not seeking re-election.
Two Marshall County School Board races are on the November 6 ballot – Districts 3 and 4.
Running for the District 3 school board seat are Rebecca Podewils and Janice Wagg.
Seeking the District 4 school board position are Daniel Ables and Lakisha Peterson.
Also on the general election ballot November 6 will be president of the United States, plus U.S. Senate and House of Representatives positions and a race for Supreme Court judge.
Three candidates are running for the vacant State House of Representatives, District 52, position. Seeking the job in a special election are Jeremy Bryan, Bill Kinkade and Van Wicker.
The winner will replace long-time legislator Tommy Woods, who retired in July.
District 52 includes parts of Marshall and DeSoto counties. The precincts involved in Marshall County are all of Barton, part of 3 Byhalia, part of 3 Cayce, part of 2 North Cayce and part of 4 Watson.
Lucy Carpenter, circuit clerk in Marshall County, said in the district, there are 17,141 registered voters in DeSoto and 2,781 in Marshall.
The special election will be on a separate paper ballot – not on the machine with the other November 6 races.
Absentee voting is in progress for both the general election and special election.
The Marshall County circuit clerk’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The clerk’s office will be open extra hours this Saturday, Nov. 3, for absentee voting. The deadline to vote absentee in person is Saturday, Nov. 3, at noon.
For more information on absentee voting, including mail-in ballots, call the circuit clerk’s office at 252-3434. Mail-in ballots must be received no later than Monday, Nov. 5.
For sample ballots for both the general election and the special election, see page 12.
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