Voters head to the polls

Published 7:00 pm Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Voting was well under way Tuesday morning in Brookhaven’s primary elections for municipal office.

A spot check of the six city voting precincts early Tuesday showed vote totals correlating pretty closely to where on the ballot the alderman races for each ward fall.

A little after 8 a.m. in Ward One, 24 voters had participated in the Democratic primary while only one ballot had been cast by a Republican voter.

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Ward One features five Democratic candidates competing to represent the ward and no Republicans in the race.

About 8:30 a.m., Ward Two precinct workers reported 26 Democratic voters and three Republican voters. Ward Two does not have a contested race for alderman.

No Republicans are in the race for alderman in Ward Three, but two challengers look to unseat the incumbent. A little after 8:30 a.m., records at the Ward Three precinct showed 44 Democrat voters and seven Republicans.

Ward Four and Ward Five both have contested races for alderman on the Republican ballot, but no Democratic candidates for those offices.

In Ward Four, 89 Republicans and one Democratic voter had cast a ballot by about 9 a.m. Shortly thereafter, records at Ward Five showed 62 Republican voters had turned out and 11 Democrats.

Things were a little more even in Ward Six. By about 9:30 a.m., both Democrat and Republican tables indicated about 25 voters.

Ward Six features a contested Democratic primary, with the winner of that race facing the independent incumbent.

Aside from the ward races, the Democratic and Republican ballots are each hosting contested races for citywide office.

Multiple candidates are vying to be the Democratic nominee for mayor and chief of police. On the Republican side, a contested race to be the GOP nominee for alderman at large may prove a draw for voters.

Polls will remain open until 7 a.m.

Precinct workers reported a smooth morning of voting with only a few problems.

Ward Two workers indicated a few problems with electronic voting machines had been quickly fixed.

Ward Five workers said there’d been a small handful of voters incorrectly trying to vote in Ward Five, though they lived elsewhere.

Ward One residents vote at the Cloverdale Acres Administration Building; Ward Two at Alexander Junior High School’s auditorium, Ward Three at the Government Complex city board room, Ward Four at Brookhaven Elementary School’s auditorium, Ward Five at the Brookhaven Recreation Department and Ward Six at Mamie Martin Elementary School.