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Ballot applications, early voting show strong interest in runoff elections

With one week to go until runoff elections on April 15 to decide the next mayor and District 5 councilor, figures for early voting and absentee voting were way ahead of those a week before the regular municipal election.

By 5 p.m. Monday, the city clerk’s office had recorded 1,541 early votes, compared with 1,024 on Feb. 25 the corresponding date before the March 4 regular election.

The numbers for applications for absentee ballots, ballots mailed out, in person voting and returned absentee ballots were all greater than at the same time before March 4.

Here’s the numbers:


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Runoff Absentee

Applications by Mail Out: 88

Ballots by Mail Out:  147

In Person Voting: 96

Returned Ballots: 336



Total:  1541


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For the regular election on March 4 on the corresponding day (February 25), the numbers were:


March 4 regular municipal election Absentee

Applications by Mail Out: 51

Ballots by Mail Out:  127

In Person Voting: 86

Returned Ballots: 307



Total:  1024

On March 4, the mayor’s position and council seats in districts 2, 3 and 5 were in play and 6,959 votes were cast.

City rules require runoffs between the top two vote-getters in races with three or more candidates where no one receives at least 50 percent of the votes cast in the regular municipal election.

Gregg Hull and Michael Williams are vying to become the city’s next mayor.

Thomas Buckner and Shelby Smith are running in the District 5 race.

Early voting began on March 26 and continues until 5 p.m. on April 11. Votes can be cast between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall.