Low turnout expected for Tuesday vote
Published 5:00 am Monday, June 3, 2002
Some “diehard Democrats” — but few others — are expected tovote Tuesday in a primary to decide the party’s nominee for U.S.Senate, Lincoln County election officials said.
“We’re anticipating a very light turnout,” said Lincoln CountyCircuit Clerk Terry Case Watkins.
The race between James W. “Bootie” Hunt of Starkville and StevenTurney of Bassfield is the only contest on Tuesday’s Democraticprimary ballot. The winner will face Republican incumbent U.S. Sen.Thad Cochran.
Gerald Williams, Lincoln County Democratic Executive Committeechairman, predicted a turnout of around 18 percent. He said itappears most people are waiting until the November general electionto vote for the Republican candidate.
“Most of the people don’t think it’s that important a race,”Williams said of Tuesday’s primary.
Watkins expressed similar thoughts.
“We haven’t have very much interest shown in this election,” shesaid.
Watkins said there had been a few calls from citizens wanting toknow what was on the ballot, but that was about all. She attributedthe minimal voter interest to the candidates’ low namerecognition.
Although her office was open as required, Watkins said noabsentee ballots were cast. She indicated that was further evidenceof anticipated low turnout.
Nevertheless, Williams said preparations have been made andofficials are ready for Tuesday’s primary.
“We’ve got everything set up,” he said.
With a required minimum of three per precinct, poll workers willbe by far the biggest expense, Watkins said. Poll workers will earn$70 and poll manager $90 for the day at each of the county’s 32precincts.
Other expenses include rental of several voting places andportable toilets and ballot printing. Watkins said paper ballotsare being used in an effort to keep costs down.
“They’re kept to a minimum,” Watkins about election costs.
Here are Lincoln County voting places:
Alexander – Alexander Junior High School
Goverment Complex – Brookhaven-Lincoln County GovernmentComplex
East Lincoln – East Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department
Fair River – Masonic Lodge at Fair Oaks Springs
Forestry – Mississippi Forestry Commission office on Highway 84east.
High School – Brookhaven High School (Vo-Tech Building)
Big Springs – voting house across from Big Springs BaptistChurch
Brignal – Store at corner of Brignal and Howard Roads
Heuck’s Retreat – Heuck’s Retreat Volunteer Fire Department
Little Bahala – Voting house on J.C. White’s property
Montgomery – Burk’s company building
New Sight – New Sight Volunteer Fire Department
Pearlhaven – County unit facility
Roger’s Circle – Voting house at Beulah Chapel BaptistChurch
Bogue Chitto – Bogue Chitto School
City Hall – Old fire station behind chamber of commerce
Enterprise – Enterprise School
Norfield – Norfield’s voting house
Old Brook – Yancey’s Old Store
Ruth – Ruth Volunteer Fire Department
Arlington – County unit facility southwest
Halbert Heights – Central Fire Station on Brookhaven Street
Johnson – Building east of Montgomery Church
Johnson Grove – Voting house behind New Johnson Grove Church ofChrist
West Lincoln – West Lincoln School
Northwest Brookhaven – Old National Guard Armory on Highway51.
Caseyville – Caseyville voting house
Lipsey – Lipsey Middle School
Loyd Star – Loyd Star School
Old Red Star – Voting house behind Matt and Sharon Lambert’sstore
Vaughn – Vaughn voting house
Zetus – Zetus Volunteer Fire Department.