Undecided races on ballots for Tuesday runoff elections

Published 6:00 am Monday, November 15, 2004

Voters in Lawrence, Franklin and Copiah counties will return tothe polls Tuesday to decide a handful of local and regional runoffelections.

Lincoln County has no runoff election.

In Lawrence County, voters in Districts One and Three and thosewho vote at the Nola, West Monticello, Courthouse and CourthouseSplit 53 precincts are returning to cast their vote for either BradDavis or Tony R. Lambert as Post Two constable.

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Voters pared down the list of candidates from six to two Nov. 2in a special election to replace Claude Davis, who died of anillness while in office.

“It’s really up to the candidates to get the voters to turnout,” said Circuit Clerk Cindy Stokes. “From the absentee voting, Ijust don’t think there will be a large turnout. I think we’ve hadmaybe 15 to vote (absentee) at the office.”

Six people came to cast absentee votes during extended hoursSaturday, she said.

“I think there’s a lot of people interested in the constable’srace, but I also think a lot of people think the election’s over,”Stokes said.

In Franklin County, voters will decide between Jerry L. Howelland Sandra Fay Sullivan in a special election for District Foursupervisor. The winner will replace Robert Posey, who resignedearlier this year.

Franklin County Circuit Clerk Millie Thornton said she expecteda very poor turnout among voters for the runoff election.

Eddiceton, Lucien and McCall are the only precinctsparticipating in the Tuesday vote, Thornton said.

Eddiceton voters will cast their ballots beside J&M Stop ‘N’Go on Highway 84. Lucien voters will cast theirs behind LucienBaptist Church on Highway 84. McCall voters will cast ballots atthe McCall Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

Copiah County voters will make their choice known in the stateSupreme Court race between Justice James Graves Jr. and SamacRichardson, who are competing for the Central District, Position 2post.

Voter certification and recounts in that race lasted well intolast week, but candidates and election officials prepared as if arunoff election was a certainty.

Copiah County Circuit Clerk Edna Stevens said she doesn’t thinkthere will be any voter confusion.

“I really don’t think so,” she said. “If people want to vote,they’re going to be informed and know there is an election. There’sbeen a lot of media coverage about the election so they would knowif they wanted to.”

As evidence, Stevens cited the 150 absentee ballots her officehad received.

“It compares very well to what we would normally see in a runoffelection,” she said.